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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 9th April 1873
Final meeting: Wednesday 16th April 1879
At one time Kent boasted a number of racecourses, but with the recent closing of Folkestone the county now has none. The village of Waldershare, near to Dover, once held its own races back in the latter part of the 19th century, organised in conjunction with the East Kent Hunt. The inaugural meeting was held on Tuesday 9th April 1873 when the feature East Kent Hunt Cup was won by Meteor. The course, in Waldershare Park, was hosted by Lord Guilford, who provided a marquee and luncheon for several hundred guests. The next year the meeting took place on Monday 23rd March 1874 when the East Kent Hunt Cup was dominated by Lord Guildford’s horses, winning with Acropolis and occupying the runners-up spot with Merry Ball. Meetings continued for a further 5 years until a final card on Wednesday 16th April 1879.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Guilford, Lady North, Lord St Vincent
Principal Races East Kent Hunt Cup, Military Steeplechase

Monday 23rd March 1874
East Kent Hunt Cup over 2 ½ miles
1. Acropolis, bay gelding owned by Lord Guilford
2. Merry Ball, bay mare owned by Lord Guilford
3. Tartar, brown gelding owned by Mr Dickenson

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 16th April 1879.

Course today Waldershare Park
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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