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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 15th April 1846
Final meeting: Wednesday 15th April 1846
The Wirral village of Oxton, a name meaning a town where Oxen are kept, is located 3 miles from Birkenhead and held racing on Wednesday 15th April 1846. Given its close proximity to Liverpool and the wealthy shipping magnates, merchants and traders of the day, Oxton Village was a desirable place for the wealthy to build or buy residences. It is not surprising therefore that racing was popular in, or near, the village. The nearby estate was owned by the Earl of Shrewsbury, and the local public house in Claughton Firs was called the Shrewsbury Arms. The course was situated on the outskirts of the village, on Mr Jackson’s Noctorum course, on Oxton Common. The match between Mr Soloman’s Perfection and Mr Tennant’s Kate Kearney was run on a 4 mile course, twice round, consisting of 23 fences in all, including 6 walls and two flights wiith rails. Perfection was made the strong favourite, but at the first wall he baulked and handed the initiative to Kate who made the early running. However, once Perfection took it up after a mile the contest was never in doubt and he came home first, winning by 200 yards.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl of Shrewsbury
Principal Races Oxton 50 Sovereigns Match

Wednesday 15th April 1846
Oxton 50 Sovereigns a side Match over 4 miles
1. Perfection, grey horse owned by Mr Soloman
2. Kate Kearney, chestnut mare owned by Mr Tennant

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 15th April 1846.
Course today

On Oxton Common. The Oxton Cricket and Sports ground now stands on grassland which on just one day back in 1846 probably hosted a day’s racing.

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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