ELTHAM RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Saturday 17th May 1873
Final meeting: Saturday 21st October 1876
Eltham combined with Lee to host races in the 1842 era, and with Woolwich starting on Tuesday 14th January 1845, but they also organised races in their own right beginning on Saturday 17th May 1873. Meetings were organised by the Eltham Race Club on Eltham Park and their principal races were the Camden Park Handicap and Middle Park two year old Stakes. Meetings were held in the spring, summer and autumn and at the two day meeting on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th March 1875 the card opened with the Woolwich Welter Handicap Plate which saw Mr Goode’s Chancellor beat Coeur de Lion and Watchward. The Middle Park Stakes which followed was for 2 year olds and won by Mr Shannon’s Torpedo, while the feature Camden Park Handicap went to Zitella. After spring and summer meetings the next year the final card was held on Saturday 21st October 1876.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Johnson, Mr Masterman
Principal Races Camden Park Handicap, Middle Park Two year old Stakes

Thursday 25th March 1875
Camden Park Handicap
1. Zitella, 3 year old owned by Mr Johnson
2. The Druid, 6 year old owned by Mr Ainsley
3. Hannah, 4 year old owned by Mr Masterman
Betting: 4/7 Zitella, 4/1 The Druid, 5/1 Hannah

The final meeting took place on Saturday 21st October 1876.
Course today On Eltham Park.
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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