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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 8th February 1860
Final meeting: Thursday 9th February 1860
Historically the town of Slough was in Buckinghamshire and lies just 20 miles west of London. Prior to 1200 the settlement was known as Slo which later became Sloo and it was not until 1437 that it became Slow. However, at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 it was known as Upton. The town really started to develop as a stagecoach route through to London in the 17th century, and further developed when the Great Western Railway came to the town in 1838. About 20 years later the town held its own Steeplechase meeting, a 2 day meeting on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February 1860. On day one the first race, the Military Hunt Chase over 2 miles, was won by Major S De Burgh’s Ganymede. The concluding race on the second day was the Railway Handicap which went to Mr Price’s The Premier. It was a well supported meeting, although not repeated in future years.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl of Sefton, Sir L Newman, Captain Hunt
Principal Races Slough Handicap Plate, Military Hunt Steeplechase, Railway Handicap

Wednesday 8th February 1860
Slough Handicap Plate over 3 miles
1. Nicholas, aged horse owned by Mr Barling
2. Slasher, aged horse owned by Captain Hunt
3. The Premier, aged horse owned by Mr Price

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 9th February 1860.

Course today A 3 mile course across fair hunting fields on the edge of the town.
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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