BUXHALL RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 5th April 1865
Final meeting: Wednesday 5th April 1865
The Suffolk village of Buxhall lies close to Stowmarket and once organised its own race meeting in the middle of the 19th century on behalf of the 16th Queen’s Lancers Regiment. The village is picturesque, having had a windmill since at least 1783. Throughout its history it has had three mills, the first being a post mill which was destroyed by fire in 1814. The only recorded race meeting in the village took place on Wednesday 5th April 1865 and was well attended by the 16th Queen’s Lancers, their families and supporters. The opening race was the Regimental Challenge Cup over 3 miles which saw Corkscrew fend off the challenge of Quicksilver. Despite the obvious success of the meeting, there are no records of future meetings taking place.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons 16th Queen’s Lancers Regiment, Colonel Dickson
Principal races Regimental Challenge Cup, Subalterns’ Challenge Cup, Lancers Stakes

Wednesday 5th April 1865
Regimental Challenge Cup over 3 miles
1. Corkscrew, brown gelding owned by Mr Barker
2. Quicksilver, roan gelding owned by Mr Wilkie
3. Wasp, bay mare owned by Captain Armstrong

The only recorded race meeting took place on Wednesday 5th April 1865.
Course today A line of fields on the outskirts of Buxhall.
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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