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Earliest meeting: Thursday 28th March 1850
Final meeting: Thursday 28th March 1850
In 1790 the Peacock family built Frith Manor on the north-west edge of Finchley Common, but it was to be a further 60 years before a race meeting was held in the grounds of the Manor. The meeting took place on Thursday 28th March 1850 on a one mile course which started in front of the grandstand. The first fence was a bank and hedge, followed by a series of hurdles and hedges, with 32 fences on each circuit. The Frith Sweepstakes was won by Recruit from The Unlucky One. However, the feature race, the Free Handicap Steeplechase for which there were 17 runners, was won by Mr Anson’s Johhny Oaks. Despite the obvious success of the races no further meetings were staged.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Hon. R Grimston (Steward), Mr Anson
Principal Races Free Handicap Steeplechase, Frith Sweepstakes

Thursday 28th March 1850
Free Handicap Steeplechase over 4 miles
1. Johhny Oaks, aged horse owned by Mr Anson
2. Spangle, aged horse owned by Mr Tollit
3. Mind Your Own Business, aged horse owned by Mr Mytton

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 28th March 1850.

Course today A one mile course with 32 fences in the grounds of Frith Manor.
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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