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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 21st June 1864
Final meeting: Wednesday 28th June 1871
Lyndhurst, a village in Hampshire some 9 miles north east of Southampton, is the administrative capital of the New Forest. The first recorded meeting of the New Forest Hunt at Lyndhurst was in 1864 when a meeting took place on 21st June. By 1866 the meeting was well established and had the backing of the gentry and noblemen of the region. The meeting on Thursday 28th June 1866 consisted of flat races over a range of distances, the New Forest Plate over 6 furlongs being won by Avonwater owned by Mr Radclyffe. Later in the day the prestigious Lyndhurst Handicap, over 1 ¼ miles, was won by Mr T Bayly’s Old Warden. Racing continued for the next 5 years until a final meeting on Wednesday 28th June 1871.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Lord Westmorland, Captain Phillips, Captain Day

Principal Races Lyndhurst Handicap, New Forest Plate

Thursday 28th June 1866

The Lyndhurst Handicap over 1 ¼ miles
1. Old Warden owned by Mr T H D Bayly
2. Volhynia owned by Mr Pegg
3. Discretion owned by Mr Howard

The New Forest Plate over 6 furlongs
1. Avonwater owned by Mr J C Radclyffe
2. Unnamed filly by Vedette owned by Lord Westmoreland

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 28th June 1871
Course today On the edge of the village of Lyndhurst.

I am grateful to John Hodges for providing a link to an article on Lyndhurst (New Forest Hunt) Racecourse.

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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