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Earliest meeting: Monday 9th November 1839
Final meeting: Monday 9th November 1839
The Berkshire village of Winkfield lies in the Bracknell area of the county in a parish which also contains small hamlets like Winkfield Row, Winkfield Street and Swinley. Despite being small, the village held its own race meeting on Monday 9th November 1839 on a 3 mile course across Winkfield countryside. The course started at Lower Farmhouse owned by Mr Leader, and progressed to the Follyjohn Park Estate. The main Grand Steeplechase Cup, sponsored by Captain Martyn, attracted an entry of 15 of which 8 started. The main race was won by The Cottager owned by Lord Drumlanrig, and a later Sweepstake was also won by Lord Drumlanrig’s choice from Mr Lawley and Mr Tollemache.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Drumlanrig, Captain Martyn
Principal Races

Winkfield Grand Steeplechase Cup, Winkfield Sweepstake

Monday 9th November 1839
Winkfield Grand Steeplechase Cup
1. The Cottager, brown gelding owned by Lord Drumlanrig
2. The Count, black gelding owned by Mr Naylor
3. King David, chestnut gelding owned by Captain Blaine

The only recorded meeting took place on Monday 9th November 1839.

Course today A 3 mile course starting at Lower Farmhouse and finishing on Follyjohn Park Estate.
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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Volume 1 North of Hatfield £19.99 + £4 postage    
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