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Earliest meeting: 1832 Two day meeting on St Aubin Sands
Final meeting: Racing continues to be staged at Les Landes
The first recorded races in Jersey were in 1832 when a 2 day meeting was noted to have taken place on the sand at St Aubin. Since that early meeting races have flourished at various locations including Greve d'Azette (1836), Gorey Common (1843), Les Quennevais (1906) and Les Landes (from 1961). The Principal race in the early days was the King's Cup, a trophy given by King George IV.  The meeting at the turn of the century was a particulary valuable and well supported one held on Wednesday 25th July 1900. The card included the Railway Stakes and Jersey Town Plate, both won by Oxford Belle, the Island Clubs Handicap won by Poltroon, and the principal race, Her Majesty’s Cup over 2 miles, won by Sir James. From 1906 until 1961 meetings took place at Les Quennevais, but the present day course is at Les Landes which can be found in St Ouen next to the ruins of Grosnez Castle.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr C Le Sueur, Mr W Goddard, Mr E Single
Principal Races Her Majesty’s Cup, Jersey Town Plate, Jersey Derby, Railway Stakes, Island Club Handicap Race

Wednesday 25th July 1900

The Railway Stakes over 2 miles
1. Oxford Belle owned by Mr E Single
2. Skiddaw owned by Mr T H Bushby

The Island Clubs Handicap Race over 2 miles
1. Poltroon owned by Mr W Goddard
2. Oxford Belle owned by Mr E Single

Her Majesty’s Cup over 2 miles
1. Sir James owned by Mr J E Martin
2. Rover owned by Mr P Quenalt
3. Jersey Swell owned by Mr C Le Sueur

The Jersey Town Plate over 1 ½ miles
1. Oxford Belle owned by Mr E Single
2. Skiddaw owned by Mr T H Bushby
3. Royal Phil owned by Mr J H Venn

Race meetings are organised by Jersey Race Club with meetings being held every Bank Holiday. The Principal race now is the Jersey Derby which is the second leg of the Channel Islands Triple Crown.

Grateful to Stephen McCurrie for the scan of the racecard

Course today At a range of venues starting at St Aubin and continuing at Les Landes to this day.
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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