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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 6th May 1840
Final meeting: Wednesday 6th May 1840
Arkhill, in the Scottish county of Angus, barely a mile from the village of Eassie, is surrounded by mountainous countryside that does not lend itself to horse racing. However, the Sporting Magazine of 1840 reported a meeting taking place in May 1840, with the principal race on the card the Arkhill Silver Tankard. After a keenly fought race Mr Evans’s Lord Byron got the better of Reform and Namus. It is not surprising that there were no follow-up meetings.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Evans, Mr Golding, Mr Gordon
Principal Races Arkhill Silver Tankard

Wednesday 6th May 1840

Arkhill Silver Tankard
1. Lord Byron owned by Mr Evans
2. Reform owned by Mr Golding
3. Namus owned by Mr Gordon

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 6th May 1840.
Course today

Fields between Arkhill and Eassie.

If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

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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