NORTHFIELD RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 20th March 1849
Final meeting: Tuesday 20th March 1849
The Birmingham suburb of Northfield is in the south of the city of Birmingham between Kings Norton and Rubery. It staged racing for the only time on Tuesday 20th March 1849 on a 2 mile course of grass land, owned by Mr Richards, which had to be traversed twice to complete 4 miles. The feature race on the card was the 4 mile Birmingham Hunt Steeplechase which was won by Mr T Hancox’s Varmint ridden by Eccles. After a good day at the races dinner was served at two separate venues, the Woolpack Inn and Black Boy. Despite the obvious success of the meeting there is no further record of racing in the future.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Hancox, Mr Gem
Principal Races Birmingham Hunt Steeplechase

Tuesday 20th March 1849
Birmingham Hunt Steeplechase over 4 miles
1. Varmint, aged horse owned by Mr T Hancox and ridden by Eccles
2. The Barber, aged horse owned and ridden by Mr H Gem
3. Black Satin, aged horse owned by Mr C Millward and ridden by Harrison
4. Valentine, aged horse owned by Mr Boddington and ridden by Carey

Course today A 2 mile grass course over good hunting ground owned by Mr Richards.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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