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Earliest meeting: Thursday 12th October 1848
Final meeting: Thursday 12th October 1848
The London district of Hornsey lies in the Borough of Haringey some 6 miles north of Charing Cross. It has its own railway station and in the mid-1800s it held its sole race meeting on Thursday 12th October 1848 for Officers of the Guards. The ensuing match was over 2 miles of fair hunting ground on the edge of Hornsey and involved Mr Rowley’s Fancy Boy and Mr Morrant’s Whipcord. Whipcord was made the strong 2/1 On favourite but refused at the fourth fence, a stiff post with rails, enabling Fancy Boy to build up a good lead which he never looked in danger of relinquishing.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Morrant, Mr Rowley
Principal Races Hornsey Match

Thursday 12th October 1848
Hornsey Match over 2 miles
1. Fancy Boy, bay horse owned by Mr Rowley
2. Whipcord, bay mare owned by Mr Morrant

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 12th October 1848.

Course today Over 2 miles of fair hunting ground on the edge 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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