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Buckfastleigh Racecourse

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Location  Buckfastleigh, Devon
Date opened  21 June 1883
Date closed  27 August 1960
Owned by  Defunct
Opened  21 June 1883
Course type  National Hunt racing
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Buckfastleigh Racecourse (21 June 1883 - 27 August 1960) was a British horse racing venue.

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History

Horse racing is first recorded at Buckfastleigh in the mid 1850s, on a course on Wallaford Down.

In 1883, the town's race meeting was relocated just outside Buckfastleigh to a place called Dean Court on the Dean Marshes, close to the A38 between Plymouth and Exeter. The first race meeting was held at this new location on 21 June 1883 and continued unbroken for over 75 years, until the final race "under rules" took place on 27 August 1960.

Legacy

The main grandstand remains, and has become a well-known landmark in the area. A sister grandstand was relocated to Plainmoor, home ground of Torquay United football club in 1927.

Point-to-point meetings continued to be held from 1960 until 1977, during which time most of the course returned to farmland. Point-to-points have subsequently been revived and continue to this day.

Notable races

  • Dartmoor 3 mile Chase
  • References

    Buckfastleigh Racecourse Wikipedia


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