KINGSBURY RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 17th December 1867
Final meeting: Thursday 20th September 1877
The town of Kingsbury was in the county of Middlesex but today it is a district of north-west London in the Borough of Brent. The word Kingsbury means Kings Manor and the area stretches from Queensbury to Wembley. It benefits from the vast Fryent Country Park and in the latter part of the 19th century it held its own successful race meetings. They were first held on a good hunting course 6 miles from London on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December 1867 when the principal race was the Metropolitan Handicap. Meetings operated successfully for the next 10 years until the meeting on Saturday 30th December 1876. The opening Hunters’ Flat race saw Cowdray beat Miss Doubtful, while the Selling Steeplechase went to Peter Simple beating Edward and Dunois. However, there was rowdiness, heavy drinking and significant damage to the local community after racing and this caused a number of residents to complain. A meeting did take place held on Thursday 20th September 1877, although the traditional post Christmas meeting on Saturday 29th December 1877 had to be postponed due to severe frost.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Stirling, Major Browne
Principal Races Metropolitan Handicap, Kingsbury Open Steeplechase

Saturday 30th December 1876
Kingsbury Open Steeplechase over 2 ½ miles
1. Prince Patrick, aged horse owned by Mr A Poole
2. Sandy, aged horse owned by Mr E Woodlard
3. Lady Pearl, 4 year old owned by Mr Woodland
4. Scots Grey, aged horse owned by Major Browne
Betting: 6/4 Prince Patrick, 2/1 Scots Grey. 5/2 Sandy, 7/1 Lady Pearl

The final meeting took place on Thursday 20th September 1877.
Course today On open ground about 6 miles from London.
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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