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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 6th August 1811
Final meeting: Monday 5th September 1853
Sherborne is a Dorset market town on the River Yeo which boasts a Manor House, two independent schools and Sherborne Abbey. In the early part of the 19th century it began hosting race meetings, the first of which was a two day meeting on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 1811 on Lenthay Green to the south west of the town.  The Fifty pound Purse on day one was won by Bustard and after racing there was a genteel Ball. The Sporting Magazine began reporting results from the meetings on Tuesday 11th September 1838 when the Yeomanry Stakes was won by Black-and-all-Black for Mr Senior, while the Ladies Plate went to Blue Belle. Races continued for 15 more years until a final card took place on Monday 5th September 1853.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Carlisle, Mr Bunn, Mr Senior
Principal Races Yeomanry Stakes, Sherborne Ladies Plate, Leweston Stakes

Tuesday 6th August 1811
Sherborne £50 Purse
1. Bustard, brown horse owned by Mr Dilly
2. Speculation, brown horse owned by Mr Roper
3. Woodlark, chestnut horse owned by Mr William Call
4. Young Rapid, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Gratton

Tuesday 11th September 1838

Yeomanry Stakes over 2 miles
1. Black-and-all-Black owned by Mr Senior
2. Luck’s All owned by Mr Bunn

Sherborne Ladies Plate
1. Blue Belle owned by Mr Carlisle

Leweston Stakes over 2 miles
1. Luck’s All owned by Mr Bunn
2. Cat’s Paw owned by Mr Hopkins
3. Butterwick owned by Mr Whitmore

The final meeting took place on Monday 5th September 1853.
Course today To the south west of the town on Lenthay Green.
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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