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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 29th June 1773
Final meeting: Friday 1st July 1774
The County Kilkenny market town of Callan is located 10 miles south of Kilkenny, close to the border with Tipperary. It first staged an extended series of races from Tuesday 29th June to Friday 2nd July 1773, the meeting opening with a disappointing Hunters race where the only qualifier was Mr Heany’s gelding who was allowed to walk over. The next day the race was restricted to Irish bred horses and was won by Mr Garret Byrne’s grey gelding who overcame Mr James Strangeway’s Collier. A Give and Take Handicap followed on Thursday which saw Hemp beat Leinster Lass, but the best race of the week was on the final day when a Sweepstake was claimed by William Holdbrook’s gelding. The next year a 4 day meeting took place from Tuesday 28th June to Friday 1st July with the most valuable race, the Purse of Gold, falling to Mr J Westrop’s Second.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr James Strangeway, Mr William Holdbrook

Principal Races Callan Give and Take Handicap, Callan Sweepstake

Friday 2nd July 1773
Callan Sweepstake
1. Unnamed gelding owned by Mr William Holdbrook
2. Collier, chestnut gelding owned by Mr James Strangeway
3. Unnamed grey gelding owned by Mr William Robinson

The final meeting took place on Friday 1st July 1774.
Course today On common land 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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