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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 7th April 1847
Final meeting: Wednesday 7th April 1847
The small county Westmeath village of Ballinacarrigy, also known as Ballnacargy, is best known for its association with the Royal Canal, which opened in 1817, and the nearby Tristernagh Abbey. However, in 1847 it hosted a steeplechase meeting which took place at Rockbrook on a course containing 13 challenging fences. The meeting was held on Wednesday 7th April 1847 and the main race was the Ballinacarrigy Challenge Cup which was dominated by the Eivers family, with Queen of the Scots beating Wild Willy. Later in the day the Silver Mounted Whip was won by Mr Smyth’s Frenzy who beat Bazaar and Miss Lucy, while the Ladies Purse went to Mr J Eivers’s Molly Playfair. There are no further records of racing taking place in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Dr Davidge, Mr J Eivers, Mr E K Eivers, Mr Fitzgerald
Principal Races Ballinacarrigy Challenge Cup 

Wednesday 7th April 1847
Ballinacarrigy Challenge Cup
1. Queen of Scots, bay mare owned by Mr J Eivers
2. Wild Willy, brown gelding owned by Mr E K Eivers
3. Bazaar, chestnut mare owned by Mr Fitzgerald

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 7th April 1847.
Course today At a course containing 13 fences at Rockbrook near Ballinacarrigy.
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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