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Earliest meeting: Friday 12th March 1847
Final meeting: Friday 12th March 1847
The West Sussex Goodwood Estate contains Goodwood House, the current residence of the 10th Duke of Richmond, and Molecomb House resided in by the Earl of March, but in the middle of the 19th century it was the 7th Duke of Richmond and Lord March who occupied the respective houses. Although Goodwood is the better known racecourse, on Friday 12th March 1847 the Molecomb Hill races were staged on a course just above Lord March’s house on Goodwood Park. The meeting was arranged under the superintendence of John Kent and featured the Molecomb Cup over 1 ½ miles restricted to horses hunted with Colonel Wyndham’s hounds or the Findon hounds. The race was won by Lord A G Lennox’s The Sedge. Later in the day the Molecomb Sweepstake, also over 1 ½ miles, went to Barnaby Rudge owned by Lord A G Lennox, beating Fidditch and Jenny Lund, while the Scurry Stakes went to Bertha for Mr J Wyatt.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Richmond, Lord George Lennox, Lord Alexander Lennox
Principal Races

Molecomb Hill Cup, Molecomb Stakes, Scurry Stakes

Friday 12th March 1847
Molecomb Cup over 1 ½ miles
1. The Sedge, bay mare owned by Lord A G Lennox
2. Black Bess, black mare owned by Mr S G Lane-Fox
3. Bertha, chestnut mare owned by Mr J Wyatt

The final meeting took place on Friday 12th March 1847.
Course today A mile and a half course near Lord March’s house on Goodwood Park.
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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