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Earliest meeting: Thursday 15th June 1826
Final meeting: Thursday 15th June 1826
The tiny Berkshire hamlet of Overton, situated between Whitchurch and Basingstoke, once held its own races in the early years of the 19th century. The meeting, organised by the Farley Hill Hunt Club which hunted in the Berkshire countryside between Basingstoke and Wokingham, took place in the beautiful open countryside on the outskirts of the hamlet on Thursday 15th June 1826. The opening Overton Stakes was won by Mr Pretheroe’s Syntax beating a field of 3 others. Later in the day the Hunters Purse was confined to members of the Farley Hill Club. There is no evidence of further meetings taking place in the hamlet.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Farley Hill Hunt Club, Mr Protheroe
Principal Races Overton Stakes, Farley Hill Hunters Purse

Thursday 15th June 1826
Farley Hill Hunters Purse
1. Pilot, aged horse owned by Mr Goodchild
2. Flora, aged mare owned by Mr Roberts
6 ran

The final meeting took place on Thursday 15th June 1826.
Course today Across fields on the outskirts of the hamlet.
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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