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Earliest meeting: Monday 24th September 1860
Final meeting: Monday 8th September 1902
The West Midlands village of Wordsley, once part of the Manor of Kingswinford, is located south of Kingswinford and north of Stourbridge. It first held a two day race meeting in the Belle Vue area on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September 1860 and continued to hold two day meetings in September for the next 7 years. Although many of the races on each day were reserved for ponies, at the meeting on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September 1864 the Wordsley Stakes, three times around the course, was won by Mr Cherrington’s Kitty who also picked up the Silver Cup the next day. The later Tradesmen’s Plate went to Mr Pearman’s Perhaps. A notable feature of many of the cards held at the track was the high percentage of successful favourites. After the meeting in September 1867 there was a break until racing was revived in 1896. Meetings continued to be well supported until the final card was staged on Monday 8th September 1902.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr G Davies, Mr J Davies, Mr W Webb, Mr R Gale (Stewards)

Principal Races Wordsley Stakes, Wordsley Silver Cup, Trial Stakes

Monday 26th September 1864
Wordsley Stakes three times round
1. Kitty, aged mare owned by Mr Cherrington
2. Queen of Clubs, aged mare owned by Mr Rickards
3. Master Thornley, aged horse owned by Mr Fisher

The final meeting took place on Monday 8th September 1902.
Course today In the Belle Vue area of the village.
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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