Aintree racecourse;Ascot;Ayr;Bangor;Bath;Beverley;Brighton;Carlisle;Cartmel;Catterick;Cheltenham Festival;Chepstow;Chester;Doncaster St Leger;Epsom Derby;Exeter racecourse;Fakenham;Folkestone;Fontwell Park;Glorious Goodwood;Hamilton Park;Haydock Park;Hereford Racecourse;Hexham;Huntingdon;Kelso;Kempton Park;Leicester;Lingfield;Ludlow;Market Rasen;Musselburgh;Newbury Racecourse;Newcastle;Newmarket;Newton Abbot;Nottingham;Perth;Plumpton;Pontefract Racecourse;Redcar;Ripon;Salisbury;Sandown Park;Sedgefield;Southwell;Stratford;Taunton;Thirsk;Towcester;Uttoxeter;Warwick;Wetherby;Wincanton;Windsor;Wolverhampton;Worcester;Yarmouth;York Ebor

Earliest meeting: Tuesday 27th April 1841
Final meeting: Tuesday 23rd September 1845
The Essex village of Orsett is in the Thurrock district of the county around 3 miles north east of Grays. Nearby Horndon-on-the-Hill staged races from 1839 to 1841, but Orsett held its first steeplechase meeting on Tuesday 27th April 1841. The course was in fields on the edge of Orsett well adapted for the purpose of steeplechasing. The main race was the Orsett Steeplechase which was won appropriately enough by Mr Sackett’s Orsett Lass. Races continued to be held annually for the next 4 years until a final meeting on Tuesday 23rd September 1845. The Ladies Whip was won by Scott for Mr Borthwick, while the Orsett Stakes went to Mr Barry’s Malvina.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Sackett, Mr Robinson
Principal Races Orsett Steeplechase, Orsett Stakes, Ladies Whip

Tuesday 27th April 1841
Orsett Steeplechase
1. Orsett Lass, aged mare owned by Mr Sackett
2. Birmingham Bess, aged mare owned by Mr Robinson
3. Favourite, aged horse owned by Mr Barnard

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 23rd September 1845.
Course today A course in fields on the edge of Orsett well adapted for steeplechasing.
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

Copies of the above books are only available by emailing johnwslusar@gmail.com stating your requirements, method of payment (cheque payable to W.Slusar) or Bank transfer, and the address where the book(s) should be sent.
Download an order form
  Quantity Cost
Volume 1 North of Hatfield £19.99 + £4 postage    
Volume 2 South of Hatfield £14.99 + £3 postage    
Volume 3 Wales & Scotland £9.99 + £3 postage    
Volume 4 Ireland £9.99 + £3 postage    
Volumes 1 - 4 £54.96 + £5 postage    
Postage & Packaging    
Email order form to johnwslusar@gmail.com