It started with an Empress…
The racecourse dates back to 1876 when Her Imperial Majesty, Elizabeth the Empress of Austria, stayed at Easton Neston. The Empress was a keen rider and passionate about hunting, and enjoyed days out with the Duke of Grafton’s foxhounds.
When she arrived at Easton Neston, a steeplechase meeting was held in her honour, which so delighted the Empress that she decided to establish a horse racing meeting of her own to be held on Easter Monday in 1876.
A course was laid out in Easton Neston park, and the day proved such a success that it was decided to hold a horse racing meeting every year at Towcester on Easter Monday.
The owner of Easton Neston, Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, formed a committee made up of local landowners and farmers to manage the horse racing fixture.
In 1928, the first Lord Hesketh formed the present company, and established the racecourse under National Hunt Rules.
Towcester Racecourse has remained in the ownership of the Fermor-Hesketh family ever since.