On an earlier occasion he gave her a fine
chestnut colt from his stable, called “Milford”, who won his maiden
race at Kempton Park. Lillie raced her horses under the name of “Mr.
Jersey” and during her 1894 visit to Wolverhampton she won the
Dudley Plate with her horse, “Montpensier”.
In 1895 Dunstall Park became the only course in
Staffordshire to stage flat racing due to the closure of the
Lichfield course. The following year the racecourse company
persuaded the Great Western Railway to build a station at Dunstall
and contributed £500 towards the cost of the building, which came to
just under £5,000.
1910 got off to a bad start. The first race
meeting was cancelled as a mark of respect to King Edward VII who
died in May. This was followed by the dismissal of the racecourse
company’s secretary, Edward Cresswell for embezzlement. He had been
company secretary for 23 years.