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Earliest meeting: Thursday 12th March 1885
Final meeting: Tuesday 13th April 1886
The village of Hanslope lies in the Borough of Milton Keynes and on its south-east edge is Hanslope Park which once contained a Manor House built by Basil Brent in 1692, but which is now owned by the Foreign Office. The village had its own racecourse on the Park, beginning with a private meeting on Thursday 12th March 1885 organised by Mr A Burr. The all grass course was less than a mile from Castlethorpe station, although it had no stand, which made viewing of parts of the course difficult. The Priory Steeplechase launched the 6 race card and was won by Wilder, while the feature Open Hunters’ Chase was won by the Captain Foster owned Chancellor. A follow-up meeting was staged the next year on Tuesday 13th April 1886 when the crowd was boosted because the L.N.W. Railway Company put on a number of excursions. The meeting opened with the Hanslope Park Stakes over 3 miles which went to Mr Higgin’s Rowsham. The Steward’s Cup completed the 6 race card when Sugar Candy defeated Blue Beard. Inspite of the obvious success of the meeting no further races were staged.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Thomas Hesketh, Sir Maurice Fitzgerald, Captain Middleton
Principal Races Hanslope Park Stakes, Stewards Cup, Castlethorpe Open Steeplechase

Tuesday 13th April 1886
Castlethorpe Open Hunters Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Phyllis, 5 year old owned by Mr J Whiting
2. Lord Byron, aged horse owned by Captain Middleton
3. Lament, 4 year old owned by Mr Abercromby

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 13th April 1886.

Course today In the Park less than a mile from Castlethorpe station.
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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