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Earliest meeting: Thursday 2nd November 1865
Final meeting: Friday 19th October 1866
Brookhill has now been subsumed into the London Borough of Barnet, but in the middle of the 19th century it was in East Barnet and organised races in its own right. The inaugural 2 day meeting took place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd November 1865, opening with the Brookhill Steeplechase over 2 ½ miles. The card closed with the 3 mile Hunt Cup which was won by Sir W O’Malley’s Diana. Such was the success of the meeting that a follow-up 2 day meeting was staged the next year beginning on Thursday 18th October. However, the course in fields on the outskirts of the town was very heavy, the crowd size mediocre and the sport described as tame. So ended the meetings at Brookhill.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Sir W O’Malley
Principal races Brookhill Steeplechase, Hunt Cup, Barnet Open Chase

Thursday 2nd November 1865
Brookhill Steeplechase over 2 ½ miles
1. Strike, 6 year old owned by Mr B Land
2. Bravo, aged horse owned by Mr J G Shaw
3. Tiptop, aged horse owned by Mr J Mason

The only record of a meeting shows that it took place on Friday 19th October 1866.
Course today Today the main evidence of the previous existence of Brookhill is in Brookhill Road.
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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