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Earliest meeting: Monday 29th September 1845
Final meeting: Tuesday 6th August 1867
The Northumberland village of Alnmouth lies on the River Aln and is located just 4 miles south east of Alnwick. There were two periods in its history when it staged race meetings. The earliest was on Monday 29th September 1845 when the meeting was held on Alnmouth Sands. In the 2 mile Purse of Gold it took Lady Flora three heats before gaining victory over Delerious. After a break of some years racing once again took place in the village on 25th September 1866 when Thomas Robson acted as Clerk of the Course, followed by a final meeting on Tuesday 6th August 1867 when Cowslip defeated four other runners to land the Alnwick Hunt Cup.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr Wentworth, Thomas Robson

Principal Races

Hunt Cup, Alnmouth Farmers Stakes, Ladies Plate

August 1867

Alnmouth Hunt Cup run over 3 miles
1. Cowslip owned by Mr J Dixon
2. Little Jack owned by Mr J Davison
The winner wore Scarlet, while the second wore Blue jacket and Crimson cap.

Alnmouth Farmers Stakes 2 mile Hurdle Race
1. Sandhopper owned by Mr J Hindhaugh
2. Euroclydon owned by Mr J Davison
3. Howling Swell owned by Mr R Moralee
The winner wore Blue with a Chocolate sash and Blue cap; the second Blue Jacket and Crimson cap; the third wore Buff and Blue with a Black Cap.

Alnmouth 1 mile Hunt Cup
1. Edgar owned by Mr Lowery
2. Marillo owned by George Tait
3. Polecat owned by Mr Wentworth
The winner wore Red, White and Blue; the second Scarlet with a White belt; the third wore Black.

Monday 29th September 1845
Alnmouth Purse of Gold over 2 miles
1. Lady Flora, 5 year old bay mare owned by Mr Dick 2 1 1
2. Delerious, 4 year old bay mare owned by Mr Carr 1 2 2
3. Bucks Sweep, 5 year old bay mare owned by Mr Fitch 3 3 3

The final meeting took place in August 1867.
Course today

Alnmouth Sands

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Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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