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Earliest meeting: Friday 4th April 1845
Final meeting: Friday 17th March 1848
The Birmingham suburb of New Oscott is in the northern part of the city between Aston and Sutton. It first staged racing on Friday 4th April 1845 when a 3 race card featured the Birmingham Silver Cup Stakes which was won by Pretty Doe, defeating Topthorn and Emperor. The two mile course, consisting of 17 leaps and one challenging brook, was on Mr Birch’s Rabbit Warren Farm about 2 miles from Perry Barr. After a successful day at the races Dinner was served at the Kings Head. Meetings took place annually for the next 3 years, on 10th March 1846, 9th March 1847 and a final meeting on Friday 17th March 1848. Mr Birch had at first refused to allow his farm to be used in 1848 but relented at the last minute and this uncertainty, together with appauling weather conditions and a sparse crowd marked the end of racing at this venue.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Strathmore, Captain Josey Little
Principal Races Birmingham Silver Cup Stakes, Birmingham Stakes

Tuesday 9th March 1847
Birmingham Stakes over 4 miles
1. Richard I ridden by John Walker
2. Belahazzar owned by Lord Strathmore
3. The Chandler ridden by Captain Little
4. Red Hawthorn owned by Mr J Brown
Betting: 4/1 Balhazzar, 5/1 Red Hawthorn, 7/1 Ricahrd I

The final meeting was held on Friday 17th March 1848.

Course today A two mile course on Rabbit Warren Farm 2 miles from Perry Barr.
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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:-

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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