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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 27th September 1831
Final meeting: Friday 4th November 1870
The Worcestershire town of Upton lies on the River Severn some 10 miles from Worcester, and first held racing on Tuesday 27th September 1831. The course, a flat one and a half mile round circuit, was situated at The Ham.  The opening Ham Stakes was won by Mr Thorne’s The Ghost beating a field of five, while the Cavalry Stakes went to Jerry for owner Mr H B Marsh. At the meeting on Wednesday 9th October 1833 the Upton Free Handicap was won by Mr Codrington’s Conservative, followed by a Steward’s Ordinary at the White Lion in the evening. Five years later a meeting was held on Friday 31st August 1838 when Emily got the better of Maid-of-Hampton to land the Hack Stakes over 1 ½ miles.  Meetings continued on a regular basis for the next 32 years before a final card took place on Friday 4th November 1870.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Phillips, Mr Jones, Mr Bennett
Principal Races Ham Stakes, Upton Stakes, Hack Stakes, Upton Free Handicap

Wednesday 9th October 1833

The Ham Stakes over a mile and a half
1. Unnamed colt by Champignon owned by Captain Phillips
2. Barney Bodkin owned by Mr Scott
3. Unnamed filly by Bobadil owned by Mr Thorne

The Hack Stakes over 1 ¼ miles
1. Bess Bay owned by Mr Williams
2. Attraction owned by Mr Brown

The Upton Free Handicap over 1 ½ miles
1. Conservative owned by Mr Codrington
2. Acco owned by Mr George
3. Unnamed colt by Champignon owned by Captain Phillips

Friday 31st August 1838.

The Ham Stakes over a mile and a half
1. Emily owned by Mr Jones
2. Maid-of-Hampton owned by Mr Harvey
3. Unnamed filly by Brownlock owned by Mr Bennett

The final meeting took place on Friday 4th November 1870.
Course today

On a 1 ½ mile course on The Ham.

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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