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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 30th March 1864
Final meeting: Wednesday 31st March 1909
The Warwickshire village of Kineton lies on the River Dene and is part of the district of Stratford –on-Avon. Kineton lies about 10 miles from Banbury and Warwick, and was the home of race meetings in its own right from 1840, but from 1864 it hosted meetings organised by the North Warwickshire Hunt group.  That first joint meeting took place on Wednesday 30th March 1864, while the next year the meeting on Easter Monday 1865 opened with a match in which the outsider of two, Huntsman beat sole rival Nimrod. The Farmer’s Steeplechase was won by Mr Bawcutt’s Eily O’Connor, while the valuable Kineton Chase fell to Mr Garratt’s Emblematic. The final meeting at Kineton took place on Monday 5th April 1869, after which the course hosted point to point meetings. The North Warwickshire switched location to Packington in 1873 and Campion Hill, Leamington Spa between 1875 and 1909. The final meeting took place on Wednesday 31st March 1909 when the day began with luncheon served courtesy of the hunt members. The racing began with the Hunters Steeplechase which went to Miss E B Dalziel’s Warder, while the prestigious Campion Hill Chase was won by Mr C F K Mainwaring’s Street Arab. There were no meetings in 1910 and the final meeting on Tuesday 21st March 1911 returned to being billed as ‘Leamington races’.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Willoughby de Broke, Lord Leigh, Sir Charley Mordaunt, Mr A E Parker
Principal Races  Campion Hill Steeplechase, Kineton Sweepstake, Farmer’s Steeplechase
The final meeting at Kineton took place on 5th April 1869.

Wednesday 31st March 1909
Campion Hill Steeplechase over 2 miles
1. Street Arab, bay gelding owned by Mr C F K Mainwaring
2. Oh Yes, aged horse owned by Mr N Burke
3. Tailby, aged horse owned by Mr H W Cox

Further meetings by this organisation did take place at Packington in 1873 and Campion Hill, Leamington Spa between 1875 and 1909.

The final meeting at Leamington Spa took place on Tuesday 21st March 1911.

Course location Initially at Kineton, then Packington and finally Campion Hill, Leamington Spa.
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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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