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Earliest meeting: Thursday 1st September 1763
Final meeting: Thursday 8th October 1767
The Suffolk village of Euston is located about 3 kilometres south of the town of Thetford. The village contains a number of important buildings, including Euston Hall and the surrounding area of Euston Park. Euston Hall was the country seat of the Duke of Grafton, a keen racing enthusiast, and racing took place on the Park in the middle of the 18th century. The first recorded meeting was held on Thursday 1st September 1763 when the main Subsciption Purse was won by the Duke with his bay colt which defeated Admiral and Lord March’s chestnut filly. The final meeting was held on Thursday 8th October 1767 when the First 85 Guineas Subscription was a keenly fought affair in which Bobby Shafto’s Ferdinando got the better of Lord Bolingbroke’s Tartuffe and Mr Meynell’s Pancake. The closing Second 85 Guineas Subscription went to Sir Charles Bunbury’s Bellario.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons HRH The Duke, Duke of Grafton, Lord March, Lord Bolingbroke, Sir J Moore
Principal Races Euston Subscription
Thursday 1st September 1763

Thursday 1st September 1763 Euston Subscription
1. Bay colt owned by The Duke of Grafton
2. Admiral owned by Mr Vernon
3. Chestnut filly owned by Lord March
4. Grey horse owned by His Royal Highness the Duke
5. Bay colt owned by Sir J Moore

8th October 1767

Euston 85 Guineas Subscription
1. Ferdinando, bay horse owned by Mr Shafto
2. Tartuffe, grey colt owned by Lord Bolingbroke
3. Pancake, grey horse owned by Mr Meynell
4. Magog, bay horse owned by Sir J Moore

Euston Second Subscription of 85 Guineas
1. Bellario, bay colt owned by Sir Charles Bunbury

The final meeting took place on Thursday 8th October 1767.
Course today On Euston 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

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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