TELFORD RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Thursday 4th March 1841
Final meeting: Thursday 4th March 1841
The Shropshire town of Telford, in the borough of Telford and Wrekin, is situated some 13 miles east of Shrewsbury. In the early days it benefitted from being close to the Roman Road of Watling Street, and on Thursday 4th March 1841 it held its solitary race meeting. However, the 3 mile race over very heavy hunting ground on the edge of Telford, with some tremendously demanding leaps, proved to be a desperate affair. Mischief led early but fell at a wall, leaving Myrtle and The Colonel to do battle up front. Both in their turn fell on at least one occasion and after 12 minutes of racing The Colonel got home by a length. Both horses came in much distressed, and their riders were each bleeding copiously from their falls and having each lost their caps. Needless to say there is no further evidence of a steeplechase taking place in Telford.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Maiden, Mr Lyall, Mr Cash
Principal Races Telford 3 mile Steeplechase

Thursday 4th March 1841
Telford Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. The Colonel, grey gelding owned by Mr Thomas Maiden
2. Myrtle, black mare owned by Mr Lyall
3. Mischief, bay mare owned by Mr Thomas Cash

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 4th March 1841.

Course today Over 3 miles of very heavy hunting ground.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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