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Earliest meeting: Friday 7th August 1846
Final meeting: Thursday 19th September 1872
The town of Uxbridge in west London is in the Borough of Hillingdon, although historically the town was in Middlesex. In the middle of the 19th century it held a series of race meetings initially organised by the Uxbridge Yeomanry. Their first meeting took place on Friday 7th August 1846 on a course on the left hand side of Harefield Road, about 2 miles from the town centre. The principal Town Plate Hurdle was won by Mr Philpott’s Shamrock, beating Annato and Dorrington. Meetings continued intermittently for the next 13 years. There was a lapse of 6 years before the next meeting in 1865 when a revival 2 day meeting was held from Whit Monday 5th to Tuesday 6th June 1865. The course was a mile long, stretching across 3 fields and was described as so tight that the Stewards extended the course by one field to a 1 ¼ mile circuit for future meetings. The Tradesmen’s Plate saw Mr England’s Miss Somerville beat Chicquot The Jester and Musketeer. On the second day the Uxbridge Plate over 6 furlongs went to Captain Machell’s Jupon. The most successful period of racing in the town began on Friday 2nd September 1870 and lasted for 2 years until the final meeting was held on Thursday 19th September 1872 after which crowds started to decrease.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Coventry, Captain Knox
Principal Races Uxbridge Handicap, Town Plate Hurdle, Denham Plate

Friday 2nd September 1870
Uxbridge Handicap over 1 mile
1. Barcelona, 4 year old owned by Mr Guy
2. Little Fairy, 3 year old owned by Mr H Wright
3. Sorrentina, 6 year old owned by Mr Rickards

The final meeting took place on Thursday 19th September 1872.
Course today Initially on Harefield Road two miles from town and then on a tight one mile course nearer the town.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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