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Earliest meeting: Monday 2nd August 1742
Final meeting: Wednesday 29th July 1752
The County Westmeath townland of Bellair, located between Dalystown and Templeoran, once held a sequence of race meetings in the middle of the 18th century. The first days racing took place on Monday 2nd August 1742, and the meeting stretched into Thursday 5th August 1742 and was deemed to be sufficiently important to be included in Baily’s Racing Register. There was a three race programme in which Lord Antrim had runners in each race, the principal race being the Bellair Ladies Plate where the Lord’s Shepherdess was beaten into second place by Merry Cupid. A three day meeting was certainly staged 10 years later, starting on Monday 27th July 1752 and finishing on Wednesday 29th July 1752.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl of Antrim, Lord Mazareen
Principal Races Bellair £20 and £40 Plates, Ladies Plate

Thursday 5th August 1742
The Bellair Ladies Plate
1. Merry Cupid, black horse owned by Mr Kearing
2. Shepherdess, grey mare owned by Lord Antrim

Monday 27th July 1752

Glenarm £20 Purse over 4 miles
1. Hack, bay gelding owned by Mr Dale
2. Unnamed chestnut mare owned by Mr Harris
3. Unnamed grey gelding owned by Mr Robinson

Tuesday 28th July 1752

Glenarm £40 Plate over 4 miles
1. Chimney Sweeper, black gelding owned by Charles O’Neill
2. Fly, bay mare owned by the Earl of Antrim

Wednesday 29th July 1752

Glenarm £30 Plate over 2 miles
1. Trusty, bay horse owned by the Earl of Antrim
2. Pledge, chestnut horse owned by Charles O’Neill
3. Unnamed black mare by Old Starling owned by Lord Mazareen

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 29th July 1752.
Course today In fields on the outskirts of the townland.
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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