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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 10th April 1860
Final meeting: Tuesday 10th April 1860
The Surrey town of Shepperton lies just 15 miles south west of Charing Cross and was once part of the county of Middlesex. In the days when the Domesday Book was written Shepperton was known as an agricultural village, although that has now changed considerably. Even in the middle of the 19th century the town was surrounded by fields and held its own races, organised by the 10th Hussars, on Tuesday 10th April 1860 on a 1 ½ mile course on the edge of the town in the direction of Chertsey. The course contained 2 good brooks and ‘all kinds of fences’, and had to be traversed twice in a 3 mile race. The opening event was a match in which Captain Bowyer’s Piccadilly defeated Captain Baumgarten’s Welshman. The feature race, the Challenge Cup sponsored by Colonel Baker, was won by Hop The Twig, while the meeting concluded with the 10th Hussars Cup over 3 miles which went to Mr Thacker’s Fabiola.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Colonel Baker, Captain Baumgarten, 10th Hussars
Principal Races Colonel Baker Challenge Cup, 10th Hussars Cup

Tuesday 10th April 1860
Colonel Baker Challenge Cup over 3 miles
1. Hop The Twig, black gelding owned by Captain Baumgarten
2. Stumps, grey gelding owned by Lord Ralph Kerr
3. Sir Colin, bay gelding owned by Mr Holford
4. Banshee, brown mare owned by Lieut-Colonel Baker

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 10th April 1860.

Course today A 1 ½ mile course on the edge of the town.
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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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