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Earliest meeting: Thursday 11th August 1836
Final meeting: Wednesday 21st August 1839
The first Dove House meeting at Harrow on the Hill took place on Thursday 11th August 1836 to replace the Enfield and Pinner meetings which had lapsed. The next year the meeting was included in Baily's Racing Register in 1837 and was staged on Edstone Farm, Pinner, within a stone’s throw of Oliver Cromwell’s former moated residence. The opening Dove House Handicap over 2 miles was won by Mr W Edwards’ Crichton defeating Cornborough. The 1839 meeting was held in mid-August and Whyte commented that ‘judging from last year’s sport, the meeting bids to attain permanent success.’ Sadly it proved to be the final meeting at the course.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons General Grosvenor, Mr Lambden, Mr Nightingale
Principal Races Dove House Handicap Stakes, Pinner Stakes, Harrow Stakes, Dove House Hunters Stakes

Thursday 11th August 1836

The Pinner Stakes over 2 miles
1. Ruinous owned by Mr W Smith
2. Revealer owned by Mr Lambden
3. Miss Ann owned by Mr Jones

The Harrow Stakes over a mile
1. Tiara owned by Mr Bacon
2. Swallow owned by Mr King
3. Levity owned by Mr Balchin

Dove House Hunters Stakes over 2 miles & four hurdles
1. Lewes Lass owned by Mr Nightingale
2. Spicy owned by Mr Fairlie
3. Miss Kent owned by Mr Hall

Wednesday 26th July 1837

The Dove House Handicap over 2 miles
1. Crichton owned by Mr W.Edwards
2. Cornborough owned by Mr Garrard
3. Roderic owned by Mr Page
4. Toothill owned by Mr Fuller
5. Nelson owned by Mr Bacon

The Pinner and Harrow Stakes over a mile
1. Unnamed colt by The Colonel owned by General Grosvenor
2. Cornborough owned by Mr Brown
3. Tyke owned by Mr Roe

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 21st August 1839.
Course today On Edstone Farm in Pinner.
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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