the nose at Fakenham
On April 12,
1884 the first recorded steeplechase was won by a horse called
Useful over an improvised course at East Winch, near King's
Racing continued on that course until Easter Monday 1905 when the
present site just to the South of Fakenham was selected.
Racecourse, West Norfolk
there has been uninterrupted racing at Fakenham, except for during
the two world wars.
Being the 'local'
racecourse to the Royal family's home at Sandringham, racing
in Norfolk has enjoyed extended royal patronage.
In 1886, at the invitation of the West Norfolk Hunt Club, who organised
the racing at the time, the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward
VII, became its President, a post he held for over 20 years.
off into the sunset
The Queen became patron of the racecourse within days of acceding
to the throne in February 1952.
After almost 50 years as patron, Her Majesty handed over the reins
to HRH The Prince of Wales on January 1 2000.
courtesy of Fakenham Races
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