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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 6th May 1851
Final meeting: Tuesday 6th May 1851
The Somerset village of Stanton Drew lies within the Chew Valley just north of the Mendip Hills. It is located just 8 miles south of Bristol and can trace its history back to prehistoric times. Even today the Stanton Drew stones are a spectacle which can only be bettered by Avebury. In the mid-1800s the village held its own race meetings, although most were very minor affairs, but an exciting steeplechase did take place on Tuesday 6th May 1851 across 3 ½ miles of good hunting ground on the edge of the village. The race was won by Mr Morris’s bay horse Horn of Chase, the 3/1 second favourite, getting the better of Cliftonian and Miss Talbot. There are no records of later meetings taking place in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Morris, Mr Reed, Mr Bush
Principal Races Druids Handicap Stakes

Tuesday 6th May 1851
Druids Handicap Stakes over 3 ½ miles
1. Horn of Chase, bay horse owned by Mr Morris
2. Cliftonian, bay horse owned by Mr Reed
3. Miss Talbot, bay mare owned by Mr Batt
4. Lady Bates, bay mare owned by Mr Bush
Betting: 2/1 Cliftonian, 3/1 Horn of Chase, 4/1 Miss Talbot, 4/1 Lady Bates

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 6th May 1851.

Course today Across good hunting ground in fields on the outskirts of the village.
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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