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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 19th March 1850
Final meeting: Tuesday 19th February 1856
The charming, busy Welsh town of Narberth is in Pembrokeshire and has a rich history, having been of some significance in the Norman period. However, in the middle of the 19th century the town organised a series of race meetings, the first of which took place on Tuesday 19th March 1850. The course, containing 33 fences, was over 4 miles of fair hunting ground between Sodson and Roberton, and could be viewed throughout from the starting field. The 2 race programme began with the feature Open Steeplechase which went to Squire Ugly, owned by Mr R L Phillips, defeating Hazard and The Skipper. The concluding Hunters’ Stakes was won by California, also owned by Mr R Phillips. After a good day of racing, an Ordinary was served at the Ruthven Arms. Meetings continued on the same course for the next 6 years, although the Stewards changed each year, and the final meeting was held on Tuesday 19th February 1856. The two race programme began with the Open Steeplechase over 4 miles in which Mr W R Powell’s St David was made the 2/1 On favourite and never gave his supporters a moment’s doubt, defeating Mr Lort Phillips’s Deception and Mr Formby’s Hercules. The concluding Sweepstake, also over 4 miles, saw Mr R Llewellin’s Comet, the well-backed 4/6 favourite, make all and win in a canter from Weaver and Conjuror.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Lort Phillips, Mr Lewis (Steward)
Principal Races Narberth Open Steeplechase

Tuesday 19th March 1850
Narberth Open Steeplechase over 4 miles
1. Squire Ugly, aged horse owned by Mr R L Phillips
2. Hazard, aged gelding owned by Mr Powell
3. The Skipper, aged mare owned by Mr Canton

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 19th February 1856.
Course today Over 4 miles of fair hunting ground between Sodson and Roberton.
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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