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Earliest meeting: Monday 20th May 1861
Final meeting: Tuesday 18th May 1869
The Cornwall town of St Columb is often referred to as St Columb Major to distinguish it from the small coastal village of the same name known as St Columb Minor. The town is situated 11 kilometres from Wadebridge and 10 kilometres east of Newquay. Despite its small size, relative isolation and being ‘off the rail by 13 miles’, it held its inaugural race meeting on Monday 20th May 1861 on a 3 mile steeplechase course over fair hunting ground interspersed with fences, when Mr Collin’s Brown Duchess won by over 100 yards from Flare-up. The next year it held a second meeting on Monday 19th May 1862 and attracted a crowd in excess of 12,000. The opening Farmers’ Cup was won by Mr J Rowe’s Bessie who beat Nimrod and Flyaway. The feature Stewards’ Plate went to Peacock.  By 1867 there were a number of four-horse omnibuses leaving Falmouth Market Square at 6.15 am bound for the races, the cost for which was 5 shillings return. Meetings continued to be popular for 2 more years until the final card was staged onTuesday 18th May 1869.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr Vavasour Sandford

Principal Races St Columbs Stewards’ Plate, Farmers’ Stakes

Monday 19th May 1862
St Columbs Stewards’ Plate
1. Peacock, bay gelding owned by Mr Vavasour Sandford
2. Lincoln, grey horse owned by Mr Grigg
3. Black Bess, bay mare owned by Mr Bassett

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th May 1869.
Course today Initially a 3 mile steeplechase course over fair hunting ground interspersed with fences.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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