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Earliest meeting: Friday 12th April 1850
Final meeting: Friday 12th April 1850
The Wiltshire town of Westbury lies close to the Westbury White Horse. Near to Westbury is Walmore Common which is now a nature reserve on the River Severn flood-plain. In the middle of the 19th century a race meeting was held on Walmore Common on land owned by Joseph Bennett. The meeting was staged on Friday 12th April 1850 and opened with a match that saw Confidence defeat Oliver. The feature race, the Walmore Stakes, was won by Mr Letecher’s Shamrock defeating Fortune Teller and Jerry. There is no further evidence of meetings taking place at Walmore.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Joseph Bennett
Principal Races Chaxhill Stakes, Walmore Stakes

Friday 12th April 1850
Walmore Stakes
1. Shamrock, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Letecher
2. Fortune Teller, bay gelding owned by Mr W Mayo
3. Jerry, bay gelding owned by Mr Cannock

The only recorded meeting took place on Friday 12th April 1850.

Course today On land owned by Joseph Bennett.
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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