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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 24th January 1865
Final meeting: Tuesday 3rd April 1866
The Kent racecourse at Blackheath and Woolwich first held a 2 day flat meeting on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th January 1865. The course, over a good, springy turf course, was located between Blackheath and Woolwich, and entries were made at the Duke’s Head, with the same venue providing refreshment at the races. Less than a month later a steeplechase meeting was held on Tuesday 7th February when the Hunters’ Stakes went to Laurie Martin, while the Blackheath Plate was won by Chicqnot the Jester. The next year a two day meeting began on Monday 2nd April 1866, opening with the Tradesmen’s Plate over a mile in which Captain Sheedy’s Flare Up defeated Colona, and the same horse completed the double the next day in the Handicap Plate. The final meeting took place on Tuesday 3rd April 1866 when the concluding West Kent Handicap went to Mr R Smith’s Jessamine. However, as well as organising meetings in conjunction with Woolwich, Blackheath also staged meetings with Rowley after 1866.

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

Captain Sheedy, Captain Sinclair

Principal Races Blackheath Handicap Plate, Tradesmen's Plate, West Kent Handicap

Monday 2nd April & Tuesday 3rd April 1866

The Blackheath Tradesmen’s Plate over a mile
1. Flare Up owned by Captain Sheedy
2. Colona

The Blackheath Handicap Plate over a mile
1. Flare Up owned by Captain Sheedy
2. Unnamed filly by Cannobie owned by Mr Ballard
3. Principal owned by Mr T Summer

West Kent Handicap over 1 ½ miles
1. Jessamine owned by Mr R Smith
2. Quarantine owned by Mr Ballard
3. Bunch owned by Mr T J Clifford

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 3rd April 1866
Course today On good turf ground between Blackheath and Woolwich.
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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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