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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 23rd April 1878
Final meeting: Tuesday 23rd April 1878
The beautiful Devon moorland area of Dartmoor has wide open park areas and is home to the Dartmoor National Park. It is an area with many granite Tors and does not seem the ideal place for races to be held. However, Dartmoor did hold its own race meeting in the late 19th century, albeit at Plymouth rather than on the parkland. The meeting took place on Tuesday 23rd April 1878 at Chelson Meadows, just 1 ½ miles from Plymouth. The opening Hunters Flat Race over 2 miles was won by Mr Shrimpton’s Amoroso. It was unfortunate that the weather was inclement and the event was not repeated in subsequent years.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Admiral Parker, Mr John Bulteel (Steward)
Principal Races Hunters Flat Race, Senior Borough Member’s Cup

Tuesday 23rd April 1878
Senior Borough Member’s Silver Claret Cup
1. Ruby, aged horse owned by Mr V P Calmady
2. Lady Blanche, aged horse owned by Mr Fryer
3. Powisland, 2 year old owned by Mr Jackson
Betting: 6/4 Lady Blanche, 7/4 Ruby, 2/1 The Gunner, 5/1 Powisland

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 23rd April 1878.

Course today On Chelson Meadows 1 ½ miles from Plymouth.
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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