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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 28th March 1876
Final meeting: Saturday 6th April 1895
The Derbyshire and Staffordshire Meynell Hunt has a rich history which can be traced back to 1793. It was instigated by the Vernon family who lived in the glorious countryside of Sudbury in Derbyshire. In 1813, when Lord Vernon died, the Hunt changed its name from Sudbury to Hoar Cross Hunt. By the latter part of the 1800s the Hunt was organising its own race meetings, the first of which took place in 1876. That inaugural meeting took place on Uttoxeter Heath on Tuesday 28th March 1876 when the Meynell Hunt Cup saw Mark beat Inex and Black Joe, while the Red Coat Chase was won by Diana at the expense of Innkeeper and Dick Turpin. The meetings were successful and racing continued to be administered by the Meynell Hunt committee for the next 19 years. In the 1890s they were billed as ‘Uttoxeter and Meynell Hunt Steeplechases’ and were staged at Uttoxeter. The final recorded meeting took place on Saturday 6th April 1895 when the opening Grindley Steeplechase was won by Mr H G Harper’s White Heat and the principal race by Rolleston.  After this meeting successful point to point meetings were staged at Ednaston, Derby.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Shrewsbury, Lord Bagot, Lord Waterpark
Principal Races Meynell Hunt Cup, Red Coat Steeplechase

Saturday 6th April 1895
Meynell Hunt Red Coat Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Rolleston, 6 year old owned by Mr Mosley
2. Rustic, aged horse owned by Mr J F Humby
3. Marston, aged horse owned by Mr George Shipton

The final recorded meeting took place on Saturday 6th April 1895.

Course today Initially at Uttoxeter and then at Ednaston near Derby.
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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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