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Earliest meeting: Thursday 22nd January 1852
Final meeting: Thursday 22nd January 1852
The earliest recorded foxhound pack in Surrey was formed in 1735 near Croydon. However, the first time the Old Surrey Hunt group came in to being was in 1808 when they were located in Godstone, but it was to be a further 44 years before they organised their own race meeting on Thursday 22nd January 1852. The meeting was held on a challenging 3 ½ mile course in Sutton, when the Sutton Free Handicap was won by The Screw for Mr Gardener who beat Bullfincher. The more valuable County Stakes went to The Rector by 2 lengths from the favourite Physician. Although this was the only time the Group held a meeting under rules, it later became known as the Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt Steeplechases and was a popular point to point meeting held at Marsh Green, Edenbridge well into the 20th century.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Gough, Mr Salt, Mr Ball
Principal Races County Stakes, Sutton Free Handicap

Thursday 22nd January 1852
The County Stakes
1. The Rector, aged horse owned by Mr Gough
2. Physician, aged horse owned by Mr Salt
3. The Colonel, aged horse owned by Mr Ball
4. Tom Tough, aged horse owned by Mr Turner
Betting: 6/4 Physician, 5/2 The Rector, 5/1 The Colonel, 8/1 Tom Tough

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 22nd January 1852.

Course today A challenging 3 ½ mile course in Sutton.
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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