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Earliest meeting: Monday 15th March 1852
Final meeting: Monday 15th March 1852
The Kent village of Iwade lies just 2 miles north of Sittingbourne. In 1798 the Manor of Warde was in the Hundred of Teynham, but it could only boast about 60 houses. Despite having only a small population to call upon, the village has staged 3 different types of races. In the 20th century it had a greyhound track and a speedway track, but it was in the middle of the 19th century that it hosted a horse race meeting on Monday 15th March 1852. The fine weather encouraged an immense concourse of people to the racecourse, including Officers from Chatham and Maidstone. The course was across 3 miles of excellent hunting ground on the outskirts of the village and the card began with a Match for 25 Sovereigns per side. It proved to be a one-sided match in which Mr Morgan’s Kiss-Me-Quick beat Mr P Barling’s Sobersides. The main event of the day, the Iwade Sweepstakes, drew a large entry and after a good contest the Even money favourite Malmesbury was pipped by a length by Kiss-Me-Quick. There are no further records of horse race meetings taking place in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir G Bishop, Captain Murray, Mr G V Barling, Mr P Barling, Mr J Barling
Principal Races Iwade Sweepstakes

Monday 15th March 1852
Iwade Sweepstakes over 3 miles
1. Kiss-Me-Quick, bay mare owned by Mr Morgan
2. Malmsbury, chestnut gelding owned by Mr James
3. Merchant, bay gelding owned by Mr Leese
4. Novice, chestnut mare owned by Mr J Barling
5. Caroline, chestnut mare owned by Mr G V Barling
6. The Captain, bay gelding owned by Sir G Bishop
7. The Brewer, brown gelding owned by Captain Murray

The only recorded meeting took place on Monday 15th March 1852.

Course today Over 3 miles of good hunting ground on the outskirts of the village.
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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