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Earliest meeting: Thursday 31st March 1887
Final meeting: Thursday 31st March 1887
Buckinghamshire is steeped in hunting history and the Buckingham Hunt traditionally used the Town Square in Winslow as their meeting place. Winslow is a market town in the north of Buckinghamshire and even to this day the Hunt meets on Boxing Day. In the latter part of the 19th century the Buckingham Hunt diversified by holding a steeplechase meeting on Thursday 31st March 1887. The course was on the Bourton Estate, comprised of grass, ridge, furrow and natural fences, and the opening Farmers’ Plate was won by Blazes ridden by W. Pullen. The Hunt Cup went to Templeman ridden by Mr C W Walker, while the Hunters Steeplechase was won by Rostrum. Although the meeting was obviously successful, no further meetings were recorded.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Earl of Jersey, Lord Chesham, Lord Penrhyn, Viscount Strathallan
Principal races Bourton Steeplechase, Buckingham Hunt Cup

Thursday 31st March 1887
The Hunters Steeplechase
1. Rostrum, aged horse owned by Mr Manor
2. Darling, aged horse owned by Mr C W Walker
3. Governess, aged mare owned by Mr Pullen

Course today On the Bourton Estate using natural fences.
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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