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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 12th March 1845
Final meeting: Wednesday 12th March 1845
Today Clifton is a suburb of Bristol, but back in the middle of the 19th century it was a community in its own right and organised race meetings in conjunction with Bristol. However, on Wednesday 12th March 1845 the Clifton Amateur Steeplechases were held over a 3 mile course on the Duke of Beaufort’s Estate. The principal event, the Clifton Steeplechase, was won by Mr Bennett’s Amy, although it was hotly contested and had a strong entry. After racing a party took place at the Angel Inn in Clifton. Whilst there are no further records of a similar meeting taking place in the future, Bristol and Clifton races did continue to be held after this date.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Beaufort, Mr Bennett
Principal Races Clifton Amateur Steeplechase 

Wednesday 12th March 1845
Clifton Amateur Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Amy, brown mare owned by Mr Bennett
2. Deceit, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Baylis
3. Highflyer, brown gelding owned by Mr Largh
4. Lucy Long, chestnut mare owned by Mr Fisher
5. Successful Candidate, bay gelding owned by Mr Price

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 12th March 1845.
Course today A 3 mile course on the Duke of Beaufort’s Estate.
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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