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Earliest meeting: December 1846
Final meeting: Friday 5th December 1862
The Surrey Union Hunt was formed in 1798 when two packs owned by the Leech family and the Reverend Samuel Godschall joined forces. About fifty years later the Hunt and Volunteers combined to organise race meetings, the first of which took place in 1846. They were well supported, with racing continuing for the next 16 years until a final card was staged on Friday 5th December 1862. The all grass course had easy fences and one demanding brook. The meeting opened with the Volunteers Cup which was won by Mr Witty’s Quicksilver, while the Farmer’s Steeplechase for a Silver Tea Service went to Mr Edward’s Nelly, beating Mr Fletcher’s Vanity. The feature race, the Surrey Hunt Cup, was won by The Slasher at 2/1 On favourite.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Arthur Heathcote, Mr W Paxton, Alfred Balchin (Stewards)
Principal Races Surrey Hunt Cup Handicap

Friday 5th December 1862
Surrey Hunt Cup Handicap over 3 miles
1. The Slasher, bay gelding owned by Mr Alder
2. What Is It, aged horse owned by Mr Reynold
3. Bandy Legs, bay gelding owned by Mr C M Baker

The final meeting took place on Friday 5th December 1862.

Course today A 3 mile all grass course with easy fences.
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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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