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Earliest meeting: February 1865
Final meeting: Thursday 1st February 1866
Today Ballybrack is a suburb of Dublin, but back in the 19th century it was a village close to Hacketstown and held its own races. The first meeting was staged in February 1865 and was judged to be so successful that a second meeting, with a 3 race card, was held on Thursday 1st February 1866 when the feature race was the Ballybrack Flat race which was won by Hath Berry. No further meetings were held in the future.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Pelson, Mr Hawkins, Mr Driver
Principal Races Ballybrack Flat Race, Ballybrack Stakes, Four Sovereigns Sweepstake 

Thursday 1st February 1866
The Ballybrack Flat Race
1. Heath Berry, 4 year old owned by Mr Thomas Driver
2. Tickle My Fancy, 4 year old owned by Mr Condon
3. Queen Bee, 4 year old owned by Mr Cunningham

The final meeting took place on Thursday 1st February 1866.
Course today In fields between Ballybrack and Hacketstown.
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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