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Earliest meeting: Thursday 21st September 1865
Final meeting: Thursday 21st September 1865
Mildenhall, located in the Forest Heath district of Suffolk, has been a market town since the 15th century. It is strategically well located being close to the A11, about 37 miles north west of Ipswich and today is better known as a Royal Air Force base. However, back in the middle of the 19th century it held a race meeting on Thursday 21st September 1865. There was significant opposition to the meeting, particularly from the parish clergyman, but in the end a successful meeting was staged in fields on the edge of the town. The meeting was the brainchild of Captain A Murray and he, along with Captain Machell, acted as Stewards. The meeting opened with the Mildenhall Hurdle over 1 ½ miles which was won by Duc De Guise owned by Mr C Green. The Hunters’ Stakes was won by Flash in the Pan. Luncheon was served before racing at the Bell Hotel, and an Ordinary was held at the same venue after racing. There are no records of any further meetings taking place in the town, so maybe the vicar achieved his objective.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain A Murray, Captain Machell
Principal Races Mildenhall Hurdle, Hunters’ Stakes

Thursday 21st September 1865
Mildenhall Hunters’ Stakes
1. Flash in the Pan, aged horse owned by Mr Moore
2. Peep O’Day, aged horse owned by Mr Steed
3. Raven, aged horse owned by Mr Grainger

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 21st September 1865.

Course today In fields on the edge of the town.
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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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