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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 4th October 1769
Final meeting: Wednesday 7th November 1855
Meetings billed as ‘Glamorgan races’ were first staged in the small Norman market town of Cowbridge, situated just 7 miles west of Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan, on Wednesday 4th October 1769. Flat races took place intermittently for the next 86 years under various names including Glamorgan, Cowbridge and Glamorganshire Races on a course at Stalling Down. The two day meeting on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th July 1838 opened with the Coronation Stakes over 2 miles which was won by Mr Tucker’s Lucretia, beating Imp and Bilbury, while the Glamorganshire Stakes went to Mr Farmer’s Latona. The concluding meeting on Wednesday 7th November 1855 was dominated by Captain Erskine and Mr T Parr. The opening Trial Stakes was won by Mr T Parr’s Challow Boy who got the better of Captain Erskine’s Donna. The Borough Stakes was also captured by Mr T Parr with Fatalist, while the Consolation Handicap went to Captain Erskine with Donna.  Although the final Flat meeting took place on Wednesday 7th November 1855, National Hunt meetings, billed as Glamorgan Hunt, continued to operate at Penlline until Thursday 4th May 1939.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Erskine
Principal Races Glamorganshire Stakes, Cardiff Stakes, Coronation Stakes

Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th July 1838

The Glamorganshire Stakes over 2 miles
1. Latona owned by Mr Farmer
2. Barclay owned by Mr Harris
3. Hatfield owned by Mr Gough

The Coronation Stakes over 2 miles
1. Lucretia owned by Mr Tucker
2. Imp owned by Mr Gough
3. Bilbury owned by Mr Farmer

The Cardiff Stakes over 2 miles
1. Clytha Lass owned by Mr Edwards
2. Maid-of-the-Mill owned by Mr Francis
3. Miss Fanny Ashton owned by Mr Potter

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 7th November 1855.
Course today Flat racing at Stalling Down.
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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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