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Earliest meeting: Friday 18th March 1836
Final meeting: Tuesday 22nd December 1846
The Middlesex town of Hayes first organised races on Friday 18th March 1836 on a course situated between Ickenham and Eastcote. The principal event was the Cockedge Cup, which saw Captain Cannon’s Peacock get the better of Miss Blake. Meetings continued for the next ten years until a final card  on Tuesday 22nd December 1846. The 2 mile course started at a meadow below Pole Hill, owned by Mr Shackle, and proceeded through two meadows owned by Mr Meekins and Mr Scaffold before turning back to the winning post on Pole Hill. The opening Sweepstakes went to The Doctor, owned by Mr Saint, while the concluding Hayes Cup saw Docility claim the cup for Mr Clayton over The Parson.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Cannon, Captain Cockedge
Principal Races Cockedge Cup

Friday 18th March 1836

Cockedge Cup over 3 miles
1. Peacock owned by Captain Cannon and ridden by Mr Oliver
2. Miss Blake owned by Captain Cockedge and ridden by Mr Chandler
3. King John owned by Mr Richardson and ridden by Mr Cardale

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 22nd December 1846.
Course today In fields between Ickenham and Eastcote.
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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