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Earliest meeting: Thursday 27th August 1835
Final meeting: Thursday 11th August 1842
The Hampshire town of Gosport, on the South coast of the country, today boasts a population of over 90,000. However, in the mid-1800s it was much smaller but still had its own races which were held in Stokes Bay. It combined with nearby Anglesey, described as a charming watering place some 2 miles south west of Gosport, to hold races from 1835. A floating bridge was provided on race days for the convenience of carriage users and pedestrians. Prior to racing Ordinaries were served at the Anglesey Hotel, and at the same venue after the second days racing a Race Ball was held. At the meeting on Wednesday 5th August 1840 the Anglesey Stakes was run in heats, with Merlin winning both heats to claim the prize for Mr Horlock. Races continued to be held annually until the last meeting on Thursday 11th August 1842.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Charles Wellesley, Earl of Hillsborough, Sir Edward Chetham
Principal Races Anglesey Stakes, Garrison Cup, Gosport & Alverstoke Stakes

Wednesday 5th August 1840
The Anglesey Stakes
1. Merlin, 4 year old black horse owned by Mr Horlock 1 1
2. Fairy, 6 year old bay mare owned by Mr Taylor 2 2
3. Harkaway, 4 year old chestnut gelding owned by Mr Stephens dist.

The final meeting took place on Thursday 11th August 1842.
Course today Land has now reverted to farmland.
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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