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Earliest meeting: Thursday 18th July 1839
Final meeting: Thursday 18th July 1839
The Kent town of Sheerness lies at the mouth of the River Medway on the Isle of Sheppey. It seems an unlikely place to hold a race meeting, but in 1839 it was able to do so when races took place on Thursday 18th July 1839 at Sheppey Court within a quarter of a mile of the town centre. The card opened with the Town Stakes which went to Sir Felix, while the Hunter Stakes saw Mr Matthews’s Countess beat Fleckmore and Starch. The concluding Sheppey Stakes was won by Mr Shrimpton’s Davernay beating Madame Vestris and Gunner. Whilst meetings were held on the Island of Sheppey from 1838 to 1857, this was the only meeting billed as Sheerness Races.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Turner, Mr Hawkins
Principal Races Sheerness Town Stakes, Hunter Stakes, Sheppey Stakes

Thursday 18th July 1839
Sheerness Town Stakes
1. Sir Felix, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Turner
2. Edmond, bay gelding owned by Mr Hawkins
3. Colverstown, brown gelding owned by Mr Armstrong

The final meeting took place on Thursday 18th July 1839.
Course today Within quarter of a mile of the town centre at Sheppey Court.
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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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