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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 4th April 1821
Final meeting: Wednesday 23rd March 1842
The Mostyn Hunt Group staged their steeplechase meetings in the Oxfordshire village of Cottisford, on Cottisford Heath.  The inaugural meeting took place on Wednesday 4th April 1821 when the Mostyn Hunt Sweepstakes was won by Pantaloon and the concluding Hunt Cup by Coach-Horse. Mr Sadler was always a prominent owner at the races and enjoyed a spectacular day on Tuesday 27th March 1832 when his mare Eleanor won the Cottisford Stakes, while his gelding Confidence landed the Cottisford Hunters Stakes. There was then a lull in proceedings after 1836 until the organisers reconvened in 1841. However, the reprieve was short-lived and the final meeting took place on Wednesday 23rd March 1842. The crowd was thin on the ground due to the unfavourable weather conditions, but the Cottisford Stakes went to Mr Rawlinson’s Coral, while the Hurdle Race was won by Poulette.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Thomas Mostyn, Lord Dorchester, Mr Codrington, Mr Sadler
Principal Races Mostyn Cup valued at 10 guineas and donated by Sir Thomas Mostyn, Cottisford Stakes, Cottisford Hunters Stakes

Wednesday 4th April 1821

Mostyn Hunt Sweepstake over twice round
1. Pantaloon, a grey gelding owned by Mr Harrison
2. Welchman, a chestnut gelding owned by Mr Webster

Mostyn Hunt One Mile Sweepstake
1. Victorine, a bay mare owned by Mr Mytton
2. Swindon, a bay gelding owned by Mr Bartley
3. Tilbury, a chestnut horse owned by Mr Whitmore

Mostyn Hunt Cup over 2 miles
1. Coach-Horse, a bay gelding owned by Mr Dickens

Wednesday 7th April 1824

Wednesday 7th April 1824
The Mostyn Cup over 2 miles:-
1. Witchcraft owned by Mr Gough
2. Unnamed 4 year old owned by Mr Griffin

Sweepstake over 2 miles for 20 guineas:-
1. Vividius owned by Mr Williams
2. Sir Lister owned by Mr Shaw
3. Brief owned by Mr Bradshaw

Sweepstake over 2 miles for 10 guineas:-
1. Falstaff owned by Mr Worrell
2. Cygnus owned by Mr Moloney
3. Edgcott owned by Sir H Peyton

Sweepstake over a mile for 5 guineas:-
1. Victorine owned by Mr C Day
2. Undine owned by My Pryse
3. Inferior owned by Mr Hook

Wednesday 25th March 1829 (Cottisford Heath)

Mostyn Hunt Hunters Stakes over a mile
1. Cherry Ripe owned by Mr Davis
2. Spectator owned by Captain Williamson
3. Cuff owned by Mr Dauncey

The Cottisford Stakes over a mile
1. Coronet owed by Lord Mountcharles
2. Challenger owned by Mr Sadler
3. Linton owned by Mr Day

Wednesday 20th March 1833

Cottisford Stakes over a mile
1. Eleanor owned by Mr Sadler
2. Busk owned by Mr Day
3. Palmella owned by Mr Coleman

Cottisford Hunters Stakes over a mile
1. The Curate owned by Mr Coleman
2. Conservative owned by Mr Codrington
3. Unnamed gelding by Champagne owned by Mr Willes

Tuesday 4th April 1843

Cottisford Hunters Stakes over 2 miles
1. Uffington owned by Mr Stevens
2. The Cardinal
3. Royalist
4. Man-Trap

Cottisford Hurdle Stakes over 2 miles
1. Matilda owned by Mr B Austen
2. Spangle
3. Lottery

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 23rd March 1842.
Course today On Cottisford Heath.
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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:-

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

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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