15 August 2012 Tweseldown Racecourse Closes Its Doors
by Point-to-Point Racing Company Ltd Staff
Point-to-Point racing at Tweseldown will no longer take place due to lack of funding.
‘We simply cannot raise the £20,000 needed to renovate the fences and carry out essential groundwork,' said Steven Astaire, secretary of the Tweseldown Racing Club and prime mover behind the historic racecourse.
Racing began at Tweseldown in 1866 and was staged for the benefit of officers from Aldershot Garrison. The Grand Military Gold Cup was run on the Hampshire course until it was moved to Sandown in 1887 but National Hunt meetings continued to be organised at Tweseldown until 1932. At one time as many as seven fixtures took place annually.
Tweseldown staged the first Sunday race meeting with legal betting in 1996, and the Eventing for the 1948 Olympic Games.
‘A return to economic prosperity could possibly see a resumption of racing one day,' said Astaire, ‘and as a facility for so many equestrian events - show jumping, cross country and Pony Club camps; the whole area will be kept in shape by Brynley Powell who has managed the course so well for many years.'
The course's fences are all for sale, and if anyone is interested in buying for schooling, please contact Brynley Powell on 07768 837976, email firstname.lastname@example.org, for a price and to arrange collection.