first evidence of a race meeting at Brighton (Brightelmstone), the meeting taking place on
26th and 27th August. The main race on the first day was a 4 mile
sweepstake for horses of 4 and upwards, with an entry fee of 20 guineas. On the second day
the feature race was a gentlemans plate.
Prince Regent took an interest in the races at Brighton, and was amongst the subscribers for the
Conflans Stakes. An interesting feature of this meeting was that French horses were given
a weight allowance of 7 lbs.
brewed at Brighton when the farmer, whose land the
racecourse was built upon, claimed 100 guineas or 27 gallons of wine for the privilege of
leasing his land. The Jockey Club did not honour the deal and the farmer threatened to
plough the racecourse. However, he saw the light when a group of thugs employed by the
Jockey Club threatened to escort the farmer to the Napoleonic Wars.
Henry Mellish was a heavy gambler of the day and his horse Trafalgar gained dual success
in the Pavilion Stakes and the Egremont Stakes.
Corporation takes charge of the racecourse under the terms of the Improvement Act.
stands are completed and opened this year.