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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 7th April 1852
Final meeting: Wednesday 7th April 1852
Binsey, on the Thames, is located less than 2 miles from Oxford on the opposite side of the River to Port Meadow where Oxford races were staged. In the middle of the 19th century it was surrounded by glorious countryside and steeped in hunting history, with the local Binsey Hunt group in operation. In 1852 they diversified their interest by orgainising a race meeting on Wednesday 7th April 1852 which involved two well rated horses of the day; Harkaway ridden by Holland and The Parson’s Daughter ridden by Sam Darling. The 4 mile course, on the edge of Binsey, was over fair hunting ground, with 30 stiff fences including a brook and a wide ditch. The Parson’s Daughter made most of the running until the final fence, which they met together, but Harkaway got away quicker and maintained his lead to the line.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Mr Greenwood, Mr G Symond
Principal races Binsey 50 Sovereigns a side Match

Wednesday 7th April 1852
Binsey 50 Sovereigns a side Match over 4 miles
1. Harkaway, aged horse owned by Mr Greenwood and ridden by Holland
2. The Parson’s Daughter, aged mare owned by Mr G Symond and ridden by Sam Darling

The only recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 7th April 1852.
Course today A 4 mile course with 30 fences on the edge of Binsey.
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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