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Earliest meeting: Monday 30th July 1770
Final meeting: Saturday 4th August 1770
The County Longford town of Ballymahon, on the River Inny, is located north east of Athlone. Results from races held in the town were first recorded in the Racing Calendar in 1770 when a five day meeting spread over six days began on Monday 30th July with a four mile Purse which was won by Lord Westport’s Brown Jack. The next day the 4 year old Stakes went to Semiramis, while the Hunters Stakes was claimed by Mr Kelly’s Pioneer. The concluding race on the final day of the festival, Saturday 4th August, was won by Mr Newcomen’s Sharper.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Westport
Principal Races  Ballymahon Give & Take, Ballymahon Handicap

Saturday 4th August 1770
Ballymahon Give and Take over 4 miles
1. Sharper, grey gelding owned by Mr Newcomen
2. Irish Hero, bay horse owned by Mr Murphy
3. Forty-Five, grey horse owned by Mr Croke
4. Constant Billy, bay gelding owned by Mr Best

The final meeting took place on Saturday 4th August 1770.
Course today Across fields on the edge of the town.
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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