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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 13th September 1870
Final meeting: Tuesday 20th September 1887
Today Hemborough is a woodland area and farm close to the town of Dartmouth in Devon, but back in the latter part of the 19th century it was a hamlet which held race meetings in conjunction with Dartmouth. The course was in Hemborough, some 4 miles from Dartmouth, and a steeplechase was staged on Tuesday 13th September 1870. The opening 1 ½ mile Flat race was won by May Day owned by Mr Wakeham. The races were annual events, although not always high profile, and the last recorded meeting of the Hemborough Post Steeplechases was on Tuesday 20th September 1887 when Little Hero won the opening Alma Steeplechase, and the feature Hard Times Chase was won by Little Star.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Wakeham
Principal Races Hemborough Post Steeplechase, Hemborough Flat Race

Tuesday 13th September 1870
Hemborough Post Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Polly, aged horse owned by Mr Cutmore
2. Joe, aged horse owned by Mr Freeman
3. May Day, aged horse owned by Mr Wakeham

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 20th September 1887.
Course today In fields 4 miles from Dartmouth.
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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