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Earliest meeting: Friday 11th September 1857
Final meeting: Friday 2nd September 1859
The small Somerset village of Westonzoyland, on the Somerset Levels, lies some 6 kilometres from Bridgwater.  Much of the area surrounding the village was common land owned by the local Abbey at Glastonbury. In the middle of the 19th century the village staged its own races which were billed as the ‘Westzoyland and Somerset Races’ and were first held on Friday 11th September 1857.  The meeting opened with Weston-Zoyland Stakes over 1 ½ miles when Mr Evan’s Blue Bell beat Lunelle and Phantom. The New York Plate was sponsored by friends of Westzoyland residing in New York and was won by Sweetbriar. The venture was well supported and a second meeting was held the next year. The final meeting took place on Friday 2nd September 1859, concluding with the New York Plate run over 1 ¾ miles which went to The Poet for Mr E Brayley.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain West, Mr Evans, Mr Drewe
Principal Races New York Plate, Weston-Zoyland Stakes

Friday 11th September 1857
New York Plate over a mile and the distance
1. Sweetbriar, 3 year old owned by Mr Evans
2. Brigliadoro, 6 year old owned by Mr Baron
3. Madame Landeau, aged horse owned by Mr Jacobs

The final meeting took place on Friday 2nd September 1859.
Course today On Weston-Zoyland Common.
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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