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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 4th April 1821
Final meeting: Wednesday 23rd March 1842
The Oxfordshire village of Cottisford Heath first held Flat racing in 1821, with meetings continuing annually for the next 15 years until 1836. At the inaugural meeting the Mostyn Hunt Sweepstakes was won by Pantaloon and the concluding Hunt Cup by Coach-Horse. Mr Sadler was always a prominent owner at the races and enjoyed a spectacular day on Tuesday 27th March 1832 when his mare Eleanor won the Cottisford Stakes, while his gelding Confidence landed the Cottisford Hunters Stakes. There was then a lull in proceedings after 1836 until the organisers reconvened in 1841. However, the reprieve was short-lived and the final meeting took place on Wednesday 23rd March 1842. The crowd was thin on the ground due to the unfavourable weather conditions, but the Cottisford Stakes went to Mr Rawlinson’s Coral, while the Hurdle Race was won by Poulette.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr I Day, Mr Sadler, Mr Ongley
Principal Races Cottisford Stakes, Cottisford Hunters' Stakes, Mostyn Hunt Cup

Wednesday 4th April 1821

Mostyn Hunt Sweepstake over twice round
1. Pantaloon, a grey gelding owned by Mr Harrison
2. Welchman, a chestnut gelding owned by Mr Webster

Mostyn Hunt One Mile Sweepstake
1. Victorine, a bay mare owned by Mr Mytton
2. Swindon, a bay gelding owned by Mr Bartley
3. Tilbury, a chestnut horse owned by Mr Whitmore

Mostyn Hunt Cup over 2 miles
1. Coach-Horse, a bay gelding owned by Mr Dickens

Tuesday 27th March 1832

The Cottisford Stakes over once round and the distance
1. Eleanor owned by Mr Sadler
2. Gab owned by Mr Yates
3. Pandora owned by Mr Ongley
4. Busk owned by Mr I Day

Cottisford Hunters’ Stakes over once round and the distance
Billesden Coplow weights with any winner of the Pillerton, Coplow or Bosworth to carry 7 lbs extra
1. Confidence owned by Mr I Sadler
2. The Flyer owned by Mr Ongley
3. Brunswicker owned by Mr Brickwell
4. Brilliant owned by Mr I Day

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 23rd March 1842.
Course today On Cottisford Heath.
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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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