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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 29th May 1833
Final meeting: Friday 15th July 1870
The Hertfordshire Yeomanry can trace its history back to the late 18th century and has served the country in a number of Wars. In the middle of the 19th century the South Herts Yeomanry organised their own race meetings which took place in the park land of Hatfield House, traditionally the house of the Marquis of Salisbury. Racing first took place on Wednesday 29th May 1833 and continued for the next 37 years. At the meeting on Thursday 21st June 1866 Mr Ashby’s Black Swan had to battle hard to overcome Brown Doe to win the Officers Challenge Cup. The final meeting took place on Friday 15th July 1870 when a train excursion of 30 carriages from Kings Cross boosted the crowd who enjoyed witnessing Water Sprite land the Challenge Cup.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lieut.-Colonel Malden
Principal Races Officers Challenge Cup

Thursday 21st June 1866
Officers First Challenge Cup over 2 miles
1. Black Swan, black mare owned by Mr Ashby
2. Brown Doe, brown mare owned by Mr Parrott
3. Young Swordsman, bay horse owned by Mr Nightingale

The final meeting took place on Friday 15th July 1870.
Course today The Park at Hatfield House
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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