LONG SUTTON RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Friday 15th July 1729
Final meeting: Thursday 28th March 1839
The Lincolnshire market town of Long Sutton lies in the gloriously productive Lincolnshire Fenland, just 13 miles east of Spalding, and today has a population slightly in excess of 5000. It had a railway station on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Line, but that station closed in 1959 along with so many in the lead up to Beeching’s axe. Baily’s Racing Register first provided detailed results from races held at Long Sutton from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 1729 when the Long Sutton 20 Guineas Plate was won by the Duke of Hamilton’s Costly, beating Mr Bainbrigge’s Smock Face. The concluding race on the final day was also won by the Duke of Hamilton with Frightful. The meeting was deemed a success and was repeated the next year on Friday 23rd June when Windham won the 20 Guineas Plate and Lady Thigh the 30 Guineas Plate. It was over a century later before a steeplechase meeting was staged in the town on Thursday 28th March 1839. The 4 mile course contained 50 leaps and started at Mr Anderson’s Mill before heading towards Wisbech Turnpike Road, South Holland drain and over the Sutton Bridge road. The Chase was won by Mr Robert Hunter’s Thornton, who beat O’Connell and Snowdrop.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Hamilton, Duke of Ancaster, Sir J Chaplin, Mr Bainbrigge
Principal Races Long Sutton 20 & 40 Guineas Plates

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 1729

Long Sutton 20 Guineas Plate
1. Costly owned by The Duke of Hamilton
2. Smock Face owned by Mr Bainbrigge

Long Sutton 40 Guineas Plate
1. Frightful owned by The Duke of Hamilton
2. Spot owned by Sir J Chaplin
3. Whitenose owned by Mr Heneage

Friday 23rd June 1730

Long Sutton 20 Guineas Plate
1. Windham owned by Mr Fauquier
2. Smock Face owned by Mr Bainbrigge
3. Fanny owned by Mr Cole

Long Sutton 30 Guineas Plate
1. Lady Thigh owned by Mr Bertie
2. Fanny owned by Mr Cole
3. Forrester owned by The Duke of Ancaster

Thursday 28th March 1839
Long Sutton Steeplechase over 4 miles
1. Thornton, chestnut horse owned by Mr Robert Hunter
2. O’Connell, bay horse owned by Mr E Skelton
3. Snowdrop, grey mare owned by Mr T Hunter

The final meeting took place on Thursday 28th March 1839.
Course today A 4 mile steeplechase course with 50 leaps, starting at the mill and finishing at Sutton Bridge road.
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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