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Earliest meeting: Friday 13th March 1868
Final meeting: Friday 8th April 1870
The small Suffolk village of Rendlesham, near Woodbridge, lies close to the historical burial ground at Sutton Hoo. As part of the sporting fete celebrations of the village, a series of horse races were staged, and one of the earliest meetings of note took place on Friday 13th March 1868 when at least 2000 people attended. Races had been staged prior to this date on Rendlesham Park, the seat of Lord Rendlesham, but they were minor affairs. However, in the late 1860s he established the Rendlesham Hounds and became their Master. The 1868 card opened with the Tan Tara Stakes which was won by Mr Chaston’s Jack, while the Woodland Stakes went to Mr S Goodwin’s Limerick. The next year the meeting took place on Wednesday 24th March 1869 when the Rendlesham Plate, over 2 ½ miles and 8 flights of hurdles, saw Mr Pretty’s Ziph beat Gameboy and The Admiral. The later Woodland Plate was won by Mr W Nesling’s Kenton Lass at the expense of Blue Gown and Remnant. The final meeting under rules took place on Friday 8th April 1870, although minor races did take place after this date.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Rendlesham, Lieut.-Colonel Duff, Major Garrett
Principal Races Rendlesham Stakes, Rendlesham Plate, Tan Tara Stakes, Woodland Plate

Friday 13th March 1868
Rendlesham Stakes
1. Kiss-Me-Quick, bay mare owned by Mr Capon
2. Engineer, bay mare owned by Mr Cracknell
3. Pale Ale, bay horse owned by Mr Garrod

The final meeting took place on Friday 8th April 1870.
Course today On Rendlesham Park.
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

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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