BALLYMORE EUSTACE (IRE) RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Monday 10th October 1785
Final meeting: Thursday 11th October 1787
The small county Kildare town of Ballymore Eustace, on the River Liffey, is located close to the border with county Wicklow. In the mid-13th century, when just known as Ballymore, it had its own castle which was given to Thomas FitzEustace as constable of the town in 1373. He, in turn, passed it down through his family members until eventually the town became Ballymore Eustace. In the late 18th century the town held its own five day race meeting from Monday 10th to Friday 14th October 1785. The meeting was held across good hunting ground on the edge of the town and began with a Hunters Plate which went to Sir Charles Burton. On the second day a Weight for Age Handicap was run in two heats, with Colonel Lumm’s Prancer winning both heats, and the Colonel enjoyed further success the next day with his grey mare. After Lord Clanwilliams had won with Sweetbriar on Thursday 13th October, the concluding day saw Mr Edgeworth’s grey mare beat Berwick to land the All Age Plate. Two years later a four day meeting took place between Monday 8th and Thursday 11th October 1787, opening with a 30 Guineas Hunters race. An Ordinary was available each day at 5s 5d for gentlemen, half price for Ladies, with the clear instruction that no gentleman would be admitted to the Ladies Ordinary wearing boots. A Grand Ball was held after racing on the first day.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Clanwilliams, Sir Charles Burton, Colonel Lumm
Principal Races Ballymore Hunters Plate, Ballymore Weight for Age Handicap

Tuesday 11th October 1785
Ballymore Eustace £50 Weight for Age Handicap
1. Prancer, 5 year old by Herod, owned by Colonel Lumm
2. Unnamed grey mare by Banker owned by Mr Edgeworth
3. Sweetbriar, 6 year old owned by Lord Clanwilliams

The final meeting took place on Thursday 11th October 1787.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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