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Earliest meeting: Thursday 20th April 1837
Final meeting: Thursday 17th September 1840
Medbourne is a small village in Leicestershire which has existed since Roman Times, close to Market Harborough and midway between Uppingham and Melton Mowbray. Despite being small it held a series of race meetings beginning in 1837. The inaugural meeting was staged on Thursday 20th April 1837 on a 1 ½ mile round course on the edge of the village. The first race, the Medbourne Sweepstake, was won by Mr Owsley’s Conservative at the unusual odds of 6/7. Meetings continued for 3 more years, with the final meeting on Thursday 17th September 1840 deemed sufficiently important for the results to be included in Baily’s Racing Register.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Moss, Mr Root, Mr Capell
Principal Races Medbourne Donation Cup, Medbourne Plate

Thursday 17th September 1840

Medbourne Donation Cup over a mile
1. Fraility owned by Mr Moss
2. Talebearer owned by Mr Root
3. Victoria owned by Mr Capell

The Medbourne Plate over a mile
1. Talebearer owned by Mr Root

The final meeting took place on Thursday 17th September 1840
Course today A 1 ½ mile round course in fields on the edge of the village.
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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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