BURTON CONSTABLE RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Thursday 30th March 1837
Final meeting: Saturday 27th March 1851
The Burton Constable racecourse, situated some 4 miles from the town of Hedon and just 8 miles from Hull, was in the extensive grounds owned by Sir Clifton Constable and first witnessed racing on Thursday 30th March 1837. The course was circular, with a circumference of a mile and a quarter, and had a hill before entering the 2 ½ furlong straight. The feature Silver Cup race was won by Mr E Wall’s Ritle beating Red Deer. Races were held each year; the meeting in 1843 was a two day event on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th April. The Drawing Room Stakes on day one was won by Vitellius, and the same horse completed a remarkable double on day two by landing the feature Burton Constable Criterion Handicap Stakes over 1 ¾ miles. Meetings continued annually for a total of 14 years until a final card took place on Saturday 27th March 1851.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Beaumont, Captain Broadley, Colonel Thompson
Principal Races Gold Cup, Drawing Room Stakes, Holderness Stakes, Burton Hunters Stakes

Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th April 1843

The Drawing Room Stakes over 1 ¾ miles
1. Vitellius owned by Mr J Megson
2. Hamlet owned by Colonel Thompson
3. Candidate owned by Mr J catton

The Holderness Stakes over 1 ¾ miles
1. Viellius owned by Mr J Megson
2. Spartacus owned by Mr B Haworth

Wednesday 11th April & Thursday 12th April 1849

Burton Constable Gold Cup over 2 ½ miles
1. Sylvan owned by Lord Beaumont and ridden by Captain Broadley

Burton Drawing Room Stakes over 1 ¾ miles
1. Defaulter owned by Mr Dawson and ridden by Captain Broadley

Holderness Stakes over 2 miles
1. Malton owned by Mr Stebbings and ridden by Captain Broadley

Burton Constable Farmers Plate over a mile
1. Novice owned by Mr G Ford and ridden by C Ford

The final meeting took place on Saturday 27th March 1851
Course today A circular 1 ¼ mile course in Burton Constable, just 4 miles from Hedon.
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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