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Earliest meeting: Friday 7th December 1838
Final meeting: Friday 7th December 1838
The tiny Kent hamlet of Sandling lies close to the village of Saltwood. It enjoys the benefit of the Sandling Park estate, house and gardens. Near to the estate is Cobtree Farm and it was on this farm that a 3 ¼ mile steeplechase course with 8 leaps was constructed for a meeting on Friday 7th December 1838. The main Steeplechase was won by Blemish ridden by Cornet Hoole, but the horse which finished a distance fourth, owned by Mr Black, was so badly injured that it had to be destroyed. There are no further records of a meeting taking place in the hamlet.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Cornet Hoole, Cornet Hudson
Principal Races Sandling Steeplechase

Friday 7th December 1838
Sandling Sweepstake for £160 over 3 ¼ miles with 8 leaps
1. Blemish, brown horse owned by Cornet Hoole
2. Lady Bird, brown mare owned by Cornet Hudson
3. Cardinal, brown horse owned by Cornet Smith

The only recorded meeting took place on Friday 7th December 1838.

Course today A 3 ¼ mile course on Cobtree Farm.
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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