ENFIELD RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Monday 18th September 1752
Final meeting: Thursday 17th September 1835
The north London borough of Enfield was once just a small market town in Middlesex on the edge of Epping Forest. It is difficult to imagine that today’s built up area was once open countryside on which race meetings were held. The first two day meeting was held on Mill Marsh on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th September 1752 when the £50 Weight for Age Handicap was won by Mr Roger’s Sedbury, winning both heats against the more fancied Duchess owned by the Duke of Richmond. The next day a £50 Hunters Stakes went to Sir John Elvill’s Sedgley. The September 1762 meeting proved beneficial for Lord Portmore who took the Weight for Age Handicap with Bosphorus and the Give and Take Handicap with Tiney. At the three day meeting from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th September 1794 a ‘future bookmaker’ lost when Mr Ladbroke’s Neapolitan was beaten by Misfortune in the Enfield Plate and by Helmet in the Open Purse. Meetings continued to be well supported until the final card took place on Thursday 17th September 1835. In the latter part of the 19th century racing returned to Enfield in the form of steeplechasing on a course at Holly Hill, with entries made at the Rising Sun Hotel.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Hamilton, Lord Portmore, Lord Clermont, Sir H Fetherston
Principal Races Enfield Plate, Enfield Open Purse, Handicaps & Give and Takes

18th September 1752

Enfield £50 Weight for Age Purse
1. Sedbury, chestnut horse owned by Mr Rogers 1 1
2. Pickle, bay horse owned by Mr Cox 3 2
3. Dutchess, grey mare owned by the Duke of Hamilton  2 dist

19th September 1752

Enfield £50 Hunters Stakes
1. Sedgley, chestnut gelding owned by Sir John Elvill 3 2 1
2. Careless, black gelding owned by Mr Southcoat 1 1
3. Fox-Hunter, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Squire4 4 2

Monday 13th to Tuesday 14th September 1762

Enfield 2 mile Weight for Age Handicap
1. Bosphorus owned by Lord Portmore
2. Bumper owned by Mr Adams
3. Archer owned by Mr Quick

Enfield Give and Take run over 2 miles
1. Tiney owned by Lord Portmore
2. Lightfoot owned by Mr Quick
3. Plough Boy owned by Mr Rogers

Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th September 1794


Enfield Open Purse over 4 miles
1. Helmet owned by Mr Taylor
2. Degville owned by Mr Crosier
3. Neapolitan owned by Mr Ladbroke

The final meeting took place on Thursday 17th September 1835.
Course today On Mill Marsh.
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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