HURSTBOURNE TARRANT RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Monday 22nd July 1839
Final meeting: Tuesday 18th August 1846
The tiny village of Hurstbourne Tarrant, in the Test Valley, is close to Andover in Hampshire. It was a much more important place in 1226 when it was dominated by a Cistercian nunnery. However, despite it being only a small village it did hold its own race meetings, beginning on Monday 22nd July 1839. The course was on ‘an extensive piece of green sward called the Common’ and was run in conjunction with an amusement fair. Entries were made at the George Inn and an Ordinary was served at the same venue after racing. The principal race was the Hurst Stakes contested over 1 ½ miles each year. At the meeting on Monday 25th July 1842 the feature Hurst Stakes was won by Mr Hune’s Variety. Meetings were held annually for the next 4 years until a final meeting on Tuesday 18th August 1846.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr H Alexander (Judge), Mr Harry Church (Clerk)
Principal Races Hurst Stakes, Produce Stakes, Hurstbourne Sweepstake

Monday 25th July 1842
Hurst Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Variety, 5 year old owned by Mr Hune
2. Forest Lass, 6 year old owned by Mr Hopkins
3. Village Lass, aged horse owned by Mr Hotham

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th August 1846.
Course today On Hurstbourne Common.
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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