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Earliest meeting: Monday 21st January 1833
Final meeting: Monday 21st January 1833
The Norfolk village of Feltwell is situated some 10 miles west of Thetford and is thought to have the largest parish area in the county. In the early 19th century the village held a race meeting on Monday 21st January 1833 which was staged over 3 miles of open hunting ground containing several desperate leaps. The match was between Mr Flowers Pioneer, which he rode himself, while Mr Nurse entered both Predictor and Kitty Cleyeland which William Newcombe and Captain Newcombe rode. For the first two miles there was little to choose between the three, but then Predictor took up the running and looked to be justifying short odds of 5/2 laid on him. At the water jump he was joined by Kitty who then cut corners at two consecutive homeward leaps to forge a narrow lead. With 7 furlongs to go Kitty was a length in front of Pioneer and she maintained her length lead to the line.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Flowers, Mr Nurse, Captain Newcombe
Principal Races Feltwell 3 mile Match

Monday 21st January 1844
Feltwell Match over 3 miles
1. Kitty Cleyeland, bay mare owned by Mr Nurse and ridden by Captain Newcombe
2. Pioneer, grey horse owned and ridden by Mr Flowers
3. Predictor, aged horse owned by Mr Nurse and ridden by William Newcombe

The only recorded meeting took place on Monday 21st January 1833.

Course today A 3 mile course over good hunting ground on the outer edge of the village.
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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