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Earliest meeting: Monday 23rd May 1864
Final meeting: Monday 4th May 1874
The area of Cave in the East Riding of Yorkshire consists of the villages of South and North Cave, about 2 miles apart, and the hamlets of Riplingham and Drewton. The area is about 14 miles west of Hull and at various times throughout the 19th century each of the villages held race meetings. The earliest record of a meeting in Cave was on Monday 23rd May 1864 on land surrounding Cave Castle, between North Cave and South Cave. Today Cave Castle Golf Club occupies some of the land on which the former racecourse was situated. The final meeting took place on Monday 4th May 1874 with the final race, the Scramble Stakes falling to Bondinella.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Cave, Mr R Beak
Principal Races North Cave Stakes, Scramble Stakes, Innkeepers Hurdle

Monday 4th May 1874

Innkeepers Hurdle
1. Jenny owned by Mr R Beak and ridden by J Cunningham
2. Music owned by Mr R Robson and ridden by P.Rugg
3. Ada Mary owned by Mr Saunders and ridden by Cornell

North Cave Stakes
1. Admiration owned by Mr R Stephenson and ridden by Bob Adams
2. Man in the Moon owned by Mr J R Simon and ridden by Tommy Ellerington

The Scramble Stakes
1. Bondinella owned by Mr Cave and ridden by Weston

The final meeting took place on Monday 4th May 1874
Course today On the site of the current Cave Castle Golf Course.
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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