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Earliest meeting: August 1855
Final meeting: Friday 22nd August 1856
The Cornish port town of Penzance lies approximately 75 miles west of Plymouth and, as such, is the most westerly of all Cornwall’s towns. In August 1855 the town held its first races on a course laid out on Eastern Green Sands stretching up to Long Rock. The racing was of an inferior quality and results not memorable, but the next year the meeting was staged on Friday 22nd August 1856 and opened with the Borough Stakes over 1 ½ miles which was won by Mr H S Gaye’s Paddy. A Hunters’ Stakes which followed went to Edgar. After racing a Race Dinner was served at the Western Hotel. There are no further reports of future meetings in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Tomkinson
Principal Races Penzance Hurdle, Borough Stakes

Friday 22nd August 1856
Penzance Hurdle over ¾ mile and 4 flights
1. Egbert, bay gelding owned by Mr H Deacon
2. Bacchus, bay gelding owned by Captain Tomkinson
3. Forest Lass, chestnut mare owned by Mr John Laity

The only recorded meeting took place on Friday 22nd August 1856.

Course today On Eastern Green sands extending to Long Rock.
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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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