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Earliest meeting: Monday 25th October 1840
Final meeting: Tuesday 13th October 1846
The Hertfordshire Park at Harewood, located midway between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, is owned today by the Duchy of Cornwall, but at one stage in history it was part of the royal hunting estate. At nearby Harwood End racing was staged for the first time on Monday 25th October 1840 when the opening Sweepstake was won by Miss O’Brien owned by Mr Hill. Meetings were held annually for the next 6 years, culminating in a meeting on Tuesday 13th October 1846. The circular one mile course started in Mr Parry’s field oppsite the Harewood End Inn, and carried on through Mr Maddox’ land. A large attendance was boosted by visitors from Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and Hereford. The meeting concluded with the Handicap Hurdle over 6 flights, with Emperor defeating Merchant and Helen. The day was rounded off by an Ordinary served for 40 people at the Harewood End Inn.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Peake & Mr Rogers (Stewards)
Principal Races Harewood End Handicap Sweepstake, Handicap Hurdle

Tuesday 13th October 1846
Harewood End Handicap Sweepstake over 2 miles
1. Emperor, chestnut gelding owned by Mr H N Powell
2. Merchant, bay gelding owned by Mr Newman
3. Helen, bay mare owned by Mr Morgan

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 13th October 1846.

Course today A one mile course starting and finishing at the Harewood End Inn.
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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