The first meeting of the flat races, fixed to be held for two days annually at Hayling, came off under extremely unfavourable circumstances….. Heavy rain fell during the whole of the day and this discomfiture was considerably increased by the fact that there was no railway communication from Havant, as had been anticipated, the government inspector, it is said, not having gone over the line on the previous day according to arrangement…..The train service from Havant to Hayling will be opened this morning.
The inspector returned on 15th August and found that considerable work had been done to correct some of the issues raised. This was sufficient for him to allow the line to open although he recommended a speed limit of 20mph. The level crossing was never authorised and this remained the case until the line closed in 1963.
The delay in approval meant that the first day of the races was not supported by a train service from Havant. Extract from ‘A Change Of Direction under Francis Fuller‘.
There follows a table of all the races, including the Westfield Cup, the Naval and Military Stakes and the Tournerbury Stakes with up to 21 entries for each race but no more than 7 starters.