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Earliest meeting: Friday 20th February 1863
Final meeting: Friday 20th February 1863
The Suffolk village of Moulton, on the River Kennett, is in the Forest Heath district of the county. It is steeped in history, pre-dating the Domesday Book, and boasts a 15th century pack horse bridge over the river. In the 1860s it hosted the Newmarket Hunt Steeplechases, with a meeting taking place on Friday 20th February 1863. The 3 ½ mile steeplechase course was over good hunting ground on the outskirts of the village and the card opened with the Handicap Plate over 2 miles which saw Mr Elyod’s Antelope beat Sunflower and Diadem. The principal race, the Newmarket Grand Handicap Steeplechase, was run over 3 ½ miles and the odds on 4/5 favourite Molly Asthore rewarded those who took the odds. Newmarket Hunt meetings lapsed after this meeting, but returned 16 years later on a course nearer Newmarket at Kennett.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain J O Machel, Mr Elyod
Principal Races Newmarket Grand Handicap Steeplechase

Friday 20th February 1863
Newmarket Grand Handicap Steeplechase over 3 ½ miles
1. Molly Asthore, bay mare owned by Captain J O Machel
2. Sir Bobby, 6 year old owned by Mr Brisco
3. Omar Pasha, aged horse owned by Mr T Redford

The final meeting took place on Friday 20th February 1863.
Course today A 3 ½ mile steeplechase course on the edge of the village of Moulton.
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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