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Earliest meeting: Thursday 3rd June 1897
Final meeting: Monday 4th September 1916
The County Mayo town of Ballyhaunis lies on the railway line linking Dublin with Westport. In the late 20th century it was staging race meetings, the first of which was recorded in the Racing Calendar on Thursday 3rd June 1897. A meeting at the turn of the century was held on Thursday 7th June 1900 when the Province Plate, over 1 ½ miles, was won by La Plata from Bal Austa. The stewards sponsored a Hunters Plate Handicap which saw Mr B R McCarrick’s Water Lily defeat Crutches. There were concerns over the state of the course and in March 1905 newly appointed Irish Turf Club inspectors checked the track and the licence was withdrawn due to the poor condition of the course. However, the necessary work was carried out and the track reopened. The final meeting took place on Monday 4th September 1916.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr McHugh, Mr B R McCarrick
Principal Races Province Plate, Ballyhaunis Stewards Hunters Plate Handicap

Thursday 7th June 1900

The Province Plate over 1 ½ miles
1. La Plata owned by Mr J McHugh
2. Bal Austa owned by Mr P W Connelly

The Stewards Hunters Plate Handicap over 2 ¼ miles
1. Water Lily owned by Mr B R McCarrick
2. Crutches owned by Mr P McConville

The final meeting took place on Monday 4th September 1916.
Course today

On the edge of the town.

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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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