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Earliest meeting: Thursday 1st April 1875
Final meeting: Thursday 27th April 1876
The small north Staffordshire village of Draycott in the Moors is situated 3 miles from Cheadle and Blythe Bridge. It held its first meeting of note on Thursday 1st April 1875, opening with the Farmers and Tradesmen’s Stakes over 2 miles which went to Mr P H Tayler’s Champagne Charlie. The village held a second meeting on Thursday 27th April 1876 at Spring Hill, less than a mile from Cresswell railway station. The excellent course could be viewed in its entirety from the brow and slope of the surrounding hills, and the management were rewarded with a large crowd boosted by excursion trains from The Potteries. The event was administered by Mr O H Vavasour who resided at Draycott Manor House, and the feature race, the Draycott Hunt Stakes, saw Mr O H Vavsour’s Castanette defeat Diana.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr O H Vavasour, Lord Petersham, Captain Cotton
Principal Races Draycott Hunt Stakes, Totmonslow Open Hunters’ Stakes, Cresswell Stakes

Thursday 27th April 1876
Draycott Hunt Stakes
1. Castanette, bay mare owned by Mr O H Vavasour
2. Diana, bay mare owned by Lord Petersham
3. Lady Grey, grey mare owned by Captain Cotton

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 27th April 1876.

Course today At Spring Hill, less than a mile from the railway station.
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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