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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 23rd August 1826
Final meeting: Tuesday 18th September 1827
The Somerset village of Martock, just 11 miles north west of Yeovil, held its own race meetings for 2 years, initially on Wednesday 23rd August 1826 when the efforts of the East Somerset Yeomanry were celebrated. The East Somerset Yeomanry Cup was won by Mr Symes’ Virgin ridden by S.Sherborne, while the Hunters’ Cup saw Witch beat Grimace. The following year a meeting was staged on Tuesday 18th September 1827, and the results were deemed to be sufficiently important to be included in the Sporting Magazine. The opening Martock Stakes over 2 miles was won by Mr White’s Pavilion who beat Gas Light and Habberley, while the concluding Handicap Stakes saw Lottery defeat Governess. Despite the obvious success of the meetings there are no further records of racing 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

Mr Chambers, Mr Westbrook, Mr White, Mr Symes

Principal Races

Martock Stewards Cup, Martock Stakes, Martock Handicap

Tuesday 18th September 1827

The Martock Stakes over 2 miles
1. Pavilion owned by Mr White
2. Gas Light owned by Mr Chambers
3. Habberley owned by Mr Kichards

Martock Stewards Cup over 2 miles
1. Gas Light owned by Mr Chambers
2. Lottery owned by Mr Westbrook
3. Governess owned by Mr Symes

Martock Handicap Stakes over 2 miles
1. Lottery owned by Mr Westbrook
2. Governess owned by Mr Symes

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th September 1827
Course today In fields on the outer edge 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

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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