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Earliest meeting: Friday 6th July 1827
Final meeting: Wednesday 15th June 1831
The Surrey village of Oatlands is positioned in the north of the county close to the Thames. The nearby Tudor and Stuart Palace of Oatlands gave the village its name, and the local Oatlands Park was the venue for its racecourse. Racing first took place at Oatlands on Friday 6th July 1827 with an 8 race programme. The opening race was a match in which Captain Locke’s Laburn defeated Mr B Hughes’ Elephanta. It was the start of a superb day for Captain Locke, winning 4 of the races and coming second in the other 4. The feature race each year was the Oatland Stakes which was won on the final occasion by Mr Osbaldeston’s Apuntador. Annual meetings continued for 4 more years until a final meeting on Wednesday 15th June 1831 when the Gold Cup was won by Tiresias who beat Apuntador.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons George Osbaldeston, Captain Locke
Principal Races Oatlands Stakes, Oatlands Park Gold Cup

Wednesday 15th June 1831
Oatlands Stakes
1. Apuntador, 4 year old owned by Mr Osbaldeston
2. Guildford, 5 year old owned by Mr Rush
3. Tramp, 4 year old owned by Hon. M Ongley

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 15th June 1831.
Course today In Oatlands Park.
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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