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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 31st March 1847
Final meeting: Wednesday 31st March 1847
The Worcestershire village of Ombersley lies in the Wychavon district of the county and was the home of Lord Sandy and his descendants. It was also part of the Royal Forest right up until 1229 and hosted Royal hunting parties. This seems highly appropriate given that over 6 centuries later the village held its own race meeting on Wednesday 31st March 1847. The meeting took place on a tract of land called ‘the Oldfields’ owned by Mr Wood of Hays. The course was 1 ¾ miles in length and contained 10 hedge leaps and 3 hurdles. The main Sweepstakes of the day was won by Miss Midas owned by Mr J Wood. After racing a grand dinner was served at the Crown and Sandy’s Arms. Although there is no further evidence of a horse race meeting taking place in the village, it was the scene of coursing events on Lord Sandy’s estate, and in the last years of the 19th century pony races were staged.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Sandy, Mr John Wood
Principal Races Ombersley Sweepstakes over 1 ¾ miles

Wednesday 31st March 1847
Ombersley Sweepstakes over 1 ¾ miles
1. Miss Midas, brown mare owned by Mr J Wood
2. Happy-go-Lucky, brown mare owned by Mr Turley
3. Waitress, brown mare owned by Mr Munn

The only recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 31st March 1847.

Course today At a tract of land called ‘the Oldfields’ owned by Mr Wood.
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

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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