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Earliest meeting: September 1836
Final meeting: Friday 29th September 1922
The picturesque Herefordshire market town of Ross on Wye lies on the northern edge of the Forest of Dean and had a popular racecourse, on and off, for almost 90 years starting as early as 1836. The right-handed racecourse was located about 2 miles from the centre of Ross, on Moor Meadow at Weir End, and was oval shaped with a run-in of just a furlong and a half. Located so close to the River Wye the course was prone to flooding and racing ceased for a considerable period of time, but resumed in 1897 when a meeting was held on Friday 22nd October. Races were staged just one day a year, often in April or May, and on Tuesday 7th May 1901 there was a large attendance to witness the opening Ross Hurdle go to Mr G Parker’s Mercury II, while the Licensed Victuallers Selling Hurdle was won by Mr R C B Cave’s Faith Cure. The feature Bishopswood Steeplechase was a keenly fought affair before Spread Eagle got the better of Deepdene. Meetings continued until 1905, with a further lapse in racing until after the end of the War. Racing returned briefly on Tuesday 20th September 1921, but the final meeting took place just one year later on Friday 29th September 1922.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Honourable Aubrey Hastings, Lord Rothes, Mr L B Rees

Principal Races

Ross Hurdle, Goodrich Handicap Hurdle, Bishopwood Chase

Tuesday 7th May 1901
Bishopswood Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Spread Eagle, aged horse owned by Mr W B Partridge
2. Deepdene, aged horse owned by Mr R C B Cave
3. Celebration, aged horse owned by Mr W Gardiner-Torrance

The final meeting took place on Friday 29th September 1922.
Course today

The course was used for trotting races after National Hunt racing ceased, but today little evidence remains of the course.

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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