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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 10th June 1835
Final meeting: Thursday 2nd June 1864
Reigate, at the foot of the North Downs, is a market town in Surrey boasting a medieval castle. The first record of racing in the town was a two day meeting on Reigate Common beginning on Wednesday 10th June 1835, with local dignitaries gathering at The Swan, whose Landlord acted as the Clerk of the Course. The course itself was flat and about 6 furlongs in circumference. The feature race, the Reigate Gold Cup, was won by Cannon Ball at the inaugural meeting. At that same meeting a local businessman, David Robertson, sponsored his own Gold Cup event which was won by Olympic owned by Mr Maston. Three years later, at the meeting on Wednesday 6th June 1838, the Reigate Gold Cup was won by Olympic, now owned by David Robertson. Racing continued annually for the next 26 years before a final meeting on Thursday 2nd June 1864.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons David Robertson, Captain Fairlie, Captain Becher, Captain Tourle
Principal Races Reigate Gold Cup, David Robertson Gold Cup, Surrey Plate, Reigate Hunting Gold Cup, Reigate & Burstow Harriers' Cup

Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th June 1835

Reigate Gold Cup worth 110 Sovereigns over 1 ½ miles
 1. Cannon Ball owned by Captain Fairlie and ridden by Captain Becher
2. Speculation owned by Mr T Bainbridge and ridden by Captain Tourle
3. Agnes owned by Mr Kemble and ridden by Mr Heysham

David Robertson Gold Cup over 1 ½ miles
1. Olympic owned by Mr Marston
2. Nashenden owned by Mr Wickham
3. Shylock owned by Mr W Day

The Reigate & Burstow Harriers’ Cup over 1 ½ miles
1. Little John owned by Mr John Turner
2. Lavender owned by Mr E Stenning
3. Hap owned by Mr Ede

The Hack Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Tiara owned by Mr Moss
2. Little John owned by Mr John Turner
3. Glenlie owned by Mr Spencer

Wednesday 6th June 1838

Reigate Gold Cup for Hunters
1. Olympic owned by Mr Robertson

Reigate Racing Gold Cup
1. Olympic owned by Mr Robertson

James Whyte’s History of the British Turf notes that racing took place at Reigate on the banks of the River Mole for a 2 day meeting in the first week of June. Whyte records the June 1839 races as:-
Reigate Gold Cup;
The Surrey Plate;
Reigate Hunting Gold Cup;

The final meeting took place on Thursday 2nd June 1864.
Course today A flat course of just 6 furlongs on Reigate Common.
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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