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Earliest meeting: April 1866
Final meeting: Saturday 1st April 1939
The Hampshire town of Fleet, just 36 miles south west of London and 10 miles east of Basingstoke, is the location of Tweseldown racecourse. National Hunt racing was first staged on the course in April 1866 before becoming the home of the equaestrian events in the 1948 London Olympics. It also offered a very popular programme of point to point racing until 2012, and continues to be used for the cross-country element of eventing. The earliest military meeting was held in April 1866, and by the next year a grand meeting took place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 1867. The card opened with the 3rd Hussars Regimental Challenge Cup which saw Tom Steele, owned by Colonel Vyse, beat The Parson and Mermaid. The 17th Lancers Regimental Cup which followed was won by Lieutenant-Colonel Lowe’s Thame. The course certainly benefitted from the nearby Aldershot Garrison, annually hosting the Grand Military Gold Cup until it transferred to Sandown Park in 1887. In 1877 the Grand Military meeting was held on Tuesday 1st May featuring the Grand Military Handicap Steeplechase which went to Captain Abbott’s Austrey. Jumps racing continued under rules until 1932, but afterwards bona-fide meetings were held until Saturday 1st April 1939.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Major-General Campbell, Colonel Phillpotts, Colonel Herbert

Principal Races Grand Military Gold Cup, 3rd Hussars Regimental Cup

Tuesday 1st May 1877
Grand Military Handicap Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Austrey, brown mare owned by Captain Abbott
2. Alwalten, bay gelding owned by Captain Follet
3. Bellissima, black mare owned by Captain Slade
4. Moatlands, bay horse owned by Mr Dalbiac
5. Goldilocks, chestnut mare owned by Captain Hattine
Betting: 5/4 Moatlands, 2/1 Alwalten, 5/1 Austrey, 10/1 Bellissima, 10/1 Goldilocks

The final National Hunt meeting took place on Saturday 1st April 1939.
Course today At Tweseldown, near Fleet. Now more famous as an eventing course.
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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