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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 1st April 1856
Final meeting: Monday 5th April 1869
The Worcestershire village of Wythall is in the Bromsgrove district of the county, and on the outer edge of the village is Inkford Brook. Races were first held there on Tuesday 1st April 1856 when organised by the Warwickshire Hunt Committee. The course was on Mr Frappells’ Farm, with the feature race, the Inkford Brook Steeplechase, won by Pat Manley. It was a further 13 years before the results from the final meeting were recorded on Monday 5th April 1869. Crowds at the meeting were boosted as a consequence of buses being laid on from the Swan Inn on New Street, and the principal race was the Open Hunters’ Plate Chase. The opening Hunters Plate was won by the favourite Hampton Lass, while the principal event fell to Odd Fellow.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Warwickshire Hunt Committee, Mr Frappell

Principal Races Inkford Brook Steeplechase, Open Hunters’ Plate Chase

Monday 5th April 1869
Open Hunters’ Plate Steeplechase over 3  ½ miles
1. Odd Fellow, 6 year old owned by Mr J Page
2. Rifleman, aged horse owned by Mr T Cooper
3. Miss Lincoln, aged horse owned by Mr Gregg
Betting: Evens Miss Lincoln, 2/1 Odd Fellow, 3/1 Rifleman

The final meeting took place on Monday 5th April 1869.
Course today On Mr Frappells’ Farm in Inkford Brook.
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

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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