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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 11th March 1845
Final meeting: Tuesday 11th March 1845
The Somerset parish of Thorne, or more correctly Thorne-Coffin, is situated less than 3 miles north west of Yeovil. It was little more than an agricultural hamlet in the middle of the 19th century, but hosted its own race meeting on Tuesday 11th March 1845 on fields owned by Mr Preston in the near vicinity of the hamlet. The 3 mile course was over good hunting ground and the race was a match between Mr Daly’s The Cure and Mr Moore’s Magna Charta. The race was particularly well attended by local farmers in the area and at the outset Magna Charta set off at a steady pace 2 lengths ahead of The Cure. This order was maintained for the first 2 miles, but two fields from home The Cure’s jockey Daly gave his mount his head and a good race ensued. At the last fence The Cure made the better jump and went on to gain victory by a comfortable 2 lengths.

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

Mr Preston, Mr Daly, Mr Moore

Principal Races Thorne 3 mile Match

Tuesday 11th March 1845
Thorne Match over 3 miles
1. The Cure, chestnut horse owned by Mr Daly
2. Magna Charta, bay gelding owned by Mr Moore

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 11th March 1845.

Course today A 3 mile course over good hunting ground in fields owned by Mr Preston.
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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