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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 26th July 1864
Final meeting: Tuesday 9th October 1866
The Cornish town of Helston is situated at the northern tip of the Lizard peninsula, just 12 miles east of Penzance and 9 miles south west of Falmouth. In the middle of the 19th century the town held a series of race meetings, beginning on Tuesday 26th July 1864. However, this meeting included trotting races, pony races and Galloway races. The next year a full racecard of thoroughbred races was staged on Helston Downs on Tuesday 19th September 1865. Throughout the day the crowd was entertained by the Band of the 7th Cornwall Rifle Volunteers. The opening 1 ½ mile Hurdle race was won by Mr S Davey’s Freney who beat Captain Caulfield. The meeting was held for just one more year on Tuesday 9th October before Helston races passed into history.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Major Grylls
Principal Races Helston Steeplechase, Penzance Steeplechase, Borough Stakes

Tuesday 19th September 1865
Penzance Steeplechase
1. Quadroom, bay mare owned by Mr J H Martin
2. Regina, bay mare owned by Mr J Clarke
3. Ginger, chestnut horse owned by Mr S Davey

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 9th October 1866.
Course today On Helston Downs.
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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