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Earliest meeting: April 1866
Final meeting: Thursday 1st April 1880
The Old Windsor Hunt committee teamed up with the Royal Hunt Committee in the latter part of the 19th century to stage race meetings. The meetings were held on the edge of the Thames at Datchet and the inaugural meeting was planned for 1865, although this had to be abandoned. Therefore the first meeting took place in April 1866. At the meeting on Monday 15th April 1867 the organisation was described as chaotic, with entries for each race not being announced until just before the race and very small field sizes. The opening Farmers’ Plate went to Gossip owned by Mr G Cross, and the Selling Race to Gorsehawk who beat Red Rose and Holkar. Despite poor administration at times, meetings continued for 14 years until the final card took place on Thursday 1st April 1880.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr G Cross, Mr Dally
Principal Races  Priory Stakes, Royal Hunt Cup, Farmers’ Plate

Monday 15th April 1867
Priory Stakes over 2 ½ miles
1. Red Rose, bay mare owned by Mr G Cross
2. Mrs Naggleton, aged mare owned by Mr Dally
3. Master Sykes, aged horse owned by Mr Land
Betting: 7/4 Mrs Naggleton, 5/2 Master Sykes, 4/1 Red Rose, 9/2 Escape

The final meeting took place on Thursday 1st April 1880.

Course today At Datchet near the Thames at Windsor.
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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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