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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 6th April 1836
Final meeting: Wednesday 6th April 1836
The town of East Grinstead lies in north east Sussex, bordering Surrey and Kent. It is located just 27 miles south of London and 21 miles north east of Brighton. In the middle of the 19th century it staged its only race meeting on Wednesday 6th April 1836 on a circular course with 4 brooks and some stiff fences on the Wakefield side of the town. There was a two race programme, both of which were chases, and the famous Captain Becher rode Wing to victory in the principal steeplechase.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Fairlie, Captain Becher
Principal Races East Grinstead Steeplechase

Wednesday 6th April 1836
East Grinstead Steeplechase
1. Wing, owned by Captain Fairlie and ridden by Captain Becher
2. Treble X, owned and ridden by Mr Curwen
3. Souvenir, owned and ridden by Mr Weston
4. Albino, owned and ridden by Mr Anderson

The only recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 6th April 1836.

Course today A circular course on the Wakefield side of the town.
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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