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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 14th January 1845
Final meeting: Tuesday 14th January 1845
Although Woolwich held a series of meetings as Garrison Meetings, and also combined with Blackheath later in the century, a steeplechase meeting was held in conjunction with Eltham on Tuesday 14th January 1845. The 4 mile steeplechase course, in the vicinity of Eltham, was reasonably well attended, with several four-in-hands present. The card contained two main races, the 3 mile Sweepstake which was confined to Officers, went to Mr Neale’s Duprez beating Cock Robin and The Colonel. The feature 4 mile event drew an entry of 13 and was won by Captain William’s Albert. This was the only record of a steeplechase meeting organised by the two places.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain de Brinzy, Mr D Wilson & Mr S Jefferies (Stewards)
Principal Races Woolwich & Eltham 3 and 4 mile Sweepstakes

Tuesday 14th January 1845
Woolwich & Eltham Sweepstake over 4 miles
1. Albert, aged horse owned by Captain Williams
2. Brilliant, aged horse owned by Mr Wesley
3. Ragman, bay horse owned by Mr Dixon

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 14th January 1845.

Course today A 4 mile steeplechase course in the vicinity of Eltham.
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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