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Earliest meeting: June 1832
Final meeting: Still operational

The earliest record of racing on the Channel Island of Guernsey was in June 1832. Meetings were staged on L’Ancresse Common, in the north of the island, and this continues to be their home, although currently racing takes place just one day per year. One of the feature races on the card is the Sarnian Stakes which was won on Tuesday 22nd June 1841 by Master Joshua owned by Mr Priaulx. On Thursday 19th July 1894 the same race was won by Grimpo owned by Mr Priaulx. The present episode of racing started in 2005, with racing having ceased in 1992 when two meetings per year were held annually. Prior to that period there had been other periods of racing intermittently on the island. Before their current venture the Channel Islands Racing and Hunt Club sponsored a meeting in July 2004 at Les Landes on Jersey, and it was such a success that discussions began about reintroducing racing on Guernsey.  Since 2005, when nearly 5000 people attended the inaugural meeting, racing has taken place on the majority of Bank Holidays and the course is ideally placed to call on horses not only from Guernsey, but also Jersey, the UK and France. It is now more likely that racing can continue to flourish on the island.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Channel Islands Racing and Hunt Club, Mr W Goddard, Mr E Single
Principal Races Sarnian Stakes, L'ASncresse Plate, Channel Islands Racing and Hunt Club Plate, Keppel Plate

Thursday 9th August 1900

The Sarnian Stakes over 2 miles
1. Poltroon owned by Mr W Goddard
2. Oxford Belle owned by Mr E Single

The L’Ancresse Plate over 1 ¼ miles
1. Lady Violet owned by Mr O Kerrin
2. Happiness owned by Mr T Miller-Davis
3. Cigarette owned by Mr A Clarke

The Channel Islands Racing and Hunt Club Plate over 1 ¼ miles
1. Victor owned by Mr T Miller-Davis
2. Guernsey Lily owned by Mr N Falla
3. Cambridge Belle owned by Mr J N Myer

The Keppel Plate over 1 ½ miles
1. Sir James owned by Mr J E Martin
2. Jersey Swell owned by Mr C Le Sueur
3. Cambridge Belle owned by Mr J N Myer

Course today The meeting continues to this day.
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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