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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 4th April 1848
Final meeting: Tuesday 4th April 1848
The Buckinghamshire town of Stony Stratford lies within the borough of Milton Keynes and can trace its history back to the Romans when it enjoyed a strategically important position on the Roman Road of Watling Street. It staged a solitary race meeting on Tuesday 4th April 1848 on farmland belonging to Mr Ivens of Shenley. A large concourse of people enjoyed fine weather and competitive steeplechasing when a field of five contested the main event. The race was won by Mr Bull’s Tobacconist, beating Wildboy and The Hack. A large party adjourned to Mr Wilmire’s Bull Inn, Stony Stratford, where dinner was provided, with Mr Ivens in the chair.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Ivens, Mr Wilmire, Mr Bull
Principal Races Stony Stratford Steeplechase

Tuesday 4th April 1848
Stony Stratford Steeplechase
1. Tobacconist, aged horse owned by Mr Bull
2. Wildboy, aged horse owned by Mr Amos
3. The Hack, 5 year old owned by Mr Duckering
4. The Queen, aged horse owned by Mr Wilmire
5. Discount, aged horse owned by Mr Reed

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 4th April 1848.

Course today On farmland owned by Mr Ivens.
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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