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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 14th September 1847
Final meeting: Thursday 14th September 1865
The Devon town of Starcross is situated on the River Exe near to Teignbridge. It benefits from a railway station on the main London to Penzance line, and in the middle of the 19th century it held its own race meeting for a number of years. The first meeting took place on Tuesday 14th September 1847 on a course to the rear of the town on 2 fields owned by Mr Southwood. The opening Purse was won after 3 heats by Jenny Lind, owned by Mr William Wood. Later in the day the feature Starcross Hurdle went to Merry Andrew owned by Mr Glendenning. Racing lapsed for a time in the town, but meetings were revived on Tuesday 7th October 1862 on a new course, complete with grandstand, between the town and the Railway Station on fields owned by Mr Haydon. The feature race was the Starcross Stakes which saw Marquis reward his owner Mr P Collings. Racing continued for the next 3 years before a final meeting on Thursday 14th September 1865, when the Dawlish Stakes was captured by Burgess owned by Mr Brown.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl of Morley, Lord Borringdon, Lord Courtenay
Principal Races Starcross Stakes, Starcross Hurdle, Dawlish Stakes

Tuesday 7th October 1862
Starcross Stakes over 1 ½ miles and 6 flights
1. Marquis, bay gelding owned by Mr P Collings
2. Flying Empress, bay mare owned by Mr Oliver
3. Blackbird, bay gelding owned by Mr Cornish

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 14th September 1865.

Course today  Between the town and Railway Station on fields owned by Mr Haydon.
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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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