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Earliest meeting: Monday 14th August 1751
Final meeting: Thursday 19th April 1917
The County Tipperary town of Cashel is in the southern part of the county and today boasts a population of less than 3000 inhabitants. However, in the middle of the 18th century there was an appetite in the town for racing which was first staged in 1751. The ‘Historical List of Horse-Matches Run in 1751’ recorded that a five day meeting was held in October 1751, opening on Monday 14th October with a £20 Plate which was won by Mr Kissin’s Fox. The next day the more valuable £30 Plate went to William Brownlow’s Black Shuttle. Sir Edward O’Brien was a strong supporter of the course and captured the feature race on Thursday 17th October with his bay horse Ranger. In 1777, to further promote their races, Cashel promised there would be assemblies every night for the Ladies and Gentlemen during the meeting, with no more than a guinea charged for a bed during the week. Races continued on a very regular basis, with the course attracting some prominent sponsors. On Monday 4th August 1794 Viscount Landaff sponsored the principal Plate which was won by Colonel Hyde’s Lady Ann. The Irish Racing Calendar, which up to 1797 had diligently published results from most large meetings, failed to include Cashel results in its publication, and in 1798 no Calendar was issued. In the early 1840s the track received a boost when the Dublin to Cashel railway opened, making the course more accessible to a wider group of punters. Racing lapsed for a brief period in the 19th century, but returned in 1853. The course continued to progress and attract vast crowds, although profits were not always used for the benefit of the course. Necessary improvements were not carried out and when an Irish Racecourse inspection committee was formed in the early 20th century, Cashel was one of the courses requiring improvement.  The final meeting took place on Thursday 19th April 1917.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Marquis of Waterford, Sir Edward O’Brien, Colonel Lumm, Colonel Hyde
Principal Races Viscount Landaff's Plate, Cashel Hunters Plate

Monday 14th October 1751

Cashel £20 Plate
1. Fox, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Kissin

Tuesday 15th October 1751

Cashel £30 Plate
1. Black Shuttle, black mare owned by William Brownlow

Wednesday 16th October 1751

Cashel £20 Hunters Plate
1. Fox-Hunter, bay gelding owned by Robert Brown

Thursday 17th October 1751

Cashel £30 Plate
1. Ranger, bay horse owned by Sir Edward O’Brien

Friday 18th October 1751

Cashel £20 Plate
1. Moll Hack About, grey mare owned by Maurice Keating

In 1794 The Irish Racing Calendar was published by its proprietor P. Sharkey. It contained an Account of the Plates, Matches and Sweepstakes run for in Ireland from the April Meeting 1794. An extract of this is shown below.

Monday 4th to Saturday 9th August 1794

Viscount Landaff’s Plate over 2 miles
1. Lady Ann owned by Colonel Hyde
2. Moggy Lauder owned by Mr Parker
3. Vagary owned by Mr Brown

Cashel Hunters Plate over 4 miles
1. Taffy owned by Mr Graydon
2. Spott owned by Mr Butler
3. Coldfinder owned by Mr Harris

Cashel £50 Purse over 3 miles
1. Admiral owned by Mr Butler
2. Honest Ned owned by Mr Bell
3. Sweet William owned by Mr Devonshire

Cashel Open Purse over 4 miles
1. Kitty owned by Mr Dennis
2. Taffy owned by Mr Graydon
3. Lady Mary owned by Colonel Lumm

The final meeting took place on Thursday 19th April 1917.
Course today On the edge of the town.
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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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