BRIDLINGTON RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 8th April 1840
Final meeting: Friday 29th August 1873
The Yorkshire seaside town of Bridlington was staging race meetings as early as 1840.  The first meeting took place on Wednesday 8th April with the feature race, the Five Sovereigns Sweepstake, won by Mischief by an incredible 300 yards. In September 1868 the racecourse was located at the North Sands Quay, with the start at Sewerby Cliffs. The principal race on the sands that day was the Bridlington Quay Handicap over a mile and a quarter when Mr Ellington’s Vulcan was victorious. The final meeting on Friday 29th August 1873 provided a disappointing programme of just one main horse race and it came as no surprise that there were no further meetings organised.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Lamplugh, Mr T Ellington
Principal Races Bridlington Quay Handicap, Bridlington Plate

Wednesday 8th April 1840

The Bridlington 5 Sovereigns Sweepstakes
1. Mischief owned by Mr Lamplugh
2. Gipsey King owned by Mr J Cook
3. Unnamed horse by Sandbeck owned by Mr F Taylor
The winner won comfortably by over 300 yards.

Wednesday 29th August 1866
Bridlington Quay Handicap over 1 ¼ miles
1. Harbinger, brown gelding owned by Mr C Reynard
2. Promised Land, grey horse owned by Mr Reynard
3. Nelly Gray, grey filly owned by Mr Simpson
Betting 2/1 ON Harbinger, 3/1 Nellie Gray, 4/1 Promised Land

September 1868

Bridlington Plate over a mile and a quarter
1. Vulcan owned by Mr T Ellington

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Friday 30th July 1869.
Course today The Quay meetings were over the sands near the North Quay.
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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