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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 23rd August 1820
Final meeting: Monday 3rd September 1900
The earliest record of racing in Bromyard was the two day meeting held on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th August 1820. However, it was a poor meeting with just one race on the Wednesday and two on the Thursday, one of which was a walk over. Racing continued until 1823 whence it ceased until 1833. At the revival meeting on Wednesday 18th September 1833 the valuable Bromyard 50 Sovereign Purse saw Eagle beat Acco in a competitive event. However, the feature race that day was confined to horses owned by farmers farming within 6 miles of Bromyard. It did not encourage outsiders to attend the meeting and was won by Mr Patrick’s Fanny. The most competitive race on the calendar was the Broxash Stakes; on Wednesday 16th August 1837 it was won by Mr Drew’s Jerry, and on Wednesday 30th September 1846 it went to Mr Waring’s Rosa. By 1867 racing returned for a prolonged period, offering both Flat racing and Hurdles racing, but the final Flat race meeting was in 1874. Interest waxed and waned, with meetings being organised spasmodically until the final card was held on Monday 3rd September 1900.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.

James Whyte’s History of the British Turf notes that racing took place in the Worcestershire town, on the River Brome, in 1833, with details of that first meeting shown below. It was a single days racing in the middle of August. Whyte records the August 1839 races as:-
The Broxash Stakes for half bred horses;
The Bromyard All-aged Stakes.

Local Patrons Mr Holman, Mr Luke
Principal Races

Broxash Chase, Froome Maiden Hurdle, Broxash Stakes, Bromyard All-Aged Stakes, Hack Stakes, Bromyard Hurdle Stakes, Bromyard Town Purse

Wednesday 18th September 1833

Bromyard Town Purse over 2 miles
1. Fanny owned by Mr Patrick
2. Jerry owned by Mr Drew
3. Rosebud owned by Mr Walker
This was confined to horses owned by farmers living within 6 miles of Bromyard

Bromyard 50 Sovereign Purse over 2 miles
1. Eagle owned by Mr Moss
2. Acco owned by Mr George
3. Unnamed filly by Bobadil owned by Mr Thorne

Wednesday 16th August 1837

The Broxash Stakes over a mile
1. Jerry owned by Mr Drew
2. Caroline owned by Mr Dendy
3. Young Manfred owned by Mr Patrick

Bromyard Sweepstakes over a mile
1. Tenbury owned by Mr Patrick
2. Gauntlet owned by Mr Gough
3. Creedy owned by Mr Wood

Wednesday 30th September 1846

The Broxash Stakes over a mile
1. Rosa owned by Mr Waring
2. Redstreak owned by Mr Evans
3. Forest Flower owned by Mr Shephard

The Bromyard Hurdle Stakes over a mile with 3 leaps
1. Chevy Chase owned by Mr Holman
2. Union Jack owned by Mr Luke
3. Adrian owned by Mr W Scott

The Hack Stakes over a mile
1. Chevy Chase owned by Mr Holman
2. Glideaway owned by Mr Price
3. Union Jack owned by Mr Luke

The final Flat race meeting took place on Wednesday 30th September 1846. Interest waxed and waned, with meetings being organised spasmodically until the final meeting was held on Monday 3rd September 1900.
Course today

Although initially the racecourse was replaced by a Golf course, evidence still remains of the old racecourse and it is possible to enjoy walks of up to 3 ¼ miles around it which are organised by the ramblers of Bromyard Walking Group.. The Royal Oak is a 300 year old pub which is in the middle of the old course on Bromyard Downs.

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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