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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 25th September 1753
Final meeting: Friday 28th September 1753
The well to do market town of Holt in Norfolk is situated some 37 kilometres north of the city of Norwich and 56 kilometres east of Kings Lynn. It once had its own racecourse in the middle of the 18th century and staged a 4 day meeting between the 25th September and 28th September 1753. The feature race, held on Thursday 27th September, was the Norfolk Subscribers and Freeholders Stakes which was won by Dry Gripes for the Honourable Colonel Townsend.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Orford, Colonel Townsend, Captain Vernon
Principal Races Holt Hunters Purse, Holt Sweepstake, Norfolk Subscribers and Freeholders Stakes

Tuesday 25th - Friday 28th September 1753

Tuesday 25th September 1753 Holt Fifty Pounds Purse over 4 miles
1. Amelia owned by Captain Vernon
2. Gelding owned by Mr Gurdleston

Wednesday 26th September 1753 Holt Fifty Pounds Hunters Purse
1. Dung Cart owned by Mr Harvey
2. Satan owned by Lord Orford
3. Star owned by Mr Blake
4. Juno owned by Mr Long
5. Sourface owned by Mr Croft
6. Small Hopes owned by Mr Libbis

Thursday 27th September 1753 Norfolk Subscribers and Freeholders Stakes
1. Dry Gripes owned by Honourable Colonel Townsend
2. Mare owned by Mr Baines
3. Horse owned by Mr Dawson
4. Horse owned by Mr Carver
5. Mare owned by Mr Burlton

Friday 28th September 1753 Holt Sweepstakes
1. Nimrod owned by Mr Bullock
2. Jove owned by Mr Long
3. Ginger owned by Lord Orford
4. Parrot owned by Mr Henley
5. Forester owned by Honourable Colonel Townsend

The final meeting took place on Friday 28th September 1753.
Course today In fields on the outskirts of the town.
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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