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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 22nd September 1761
Final meeting: Saturday 26th September 1761
The Small County Galway village of Clarinbridge lies approximately 8 miles south of Galway in the Diocese of Kilmacduagh. It is in the eastern section of Galway Bay, at the mouth of the River Clarin, and back in the middle of the 18th century hosted its own race meeting with results recorded in ‘The ‘Historical List of Horse Races & Matches of 1761’. A number of prominent racing nobles supported the event, including Lord Jocelyn and Lord Belvedere. The 5 day extravaganza came to an end on Saturday 26th September 1761 when Sir Edward O’Brien’s Lottery won the main Purse.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Belvedre, Lord Jocelyn, Sir R Gore, Sir Edward O'Brien
Principal Races Clnbridge Weight for Age Race, Clnbridge (sic) 50 Guineas Sweepstake

Tuesday 22nd September 1761

Clnbridge (sic) 50 Guineas Sweepstake over 4 miles
1. Milo, bay mare owned by Mr O’Hara
2. Sally, grey mare owned by Sir R Gore
3. Little Joler, bay horse owned by Mr Connelly

Second Clnbridge 50 Guineas Sweepstake over 4 miles
1. Pentioner, chestnut gelding owned by Lord Jocelyn
2. Cocking Quaker, bay gelding owned by Mr Connelly
3. Unnamed chestnut gelding owned by Mr Smith
4. Fanny, grey mare owned by Sir R Gore
5. Sharper, bay gelding owned by Mr Clement

Wednesday 23rd September 1761

Clnbridge 4 year old Stakes over 2 miles
1. Unnamed chestnut horse owned by Mr Lill
2. Unnamed bay gelding owned by Mr Connelly
3. Unnamed bay mare owned by Mr Carringer

Thursday 24th September 1761

Clnbridge 5 year old Stakes over 4 miles
1. Promise, bay horse owned by Mr J H Foster
2. Modesty, bay mare owned by Mr J St Leger
3. Castaway, bay mare

Friday 25th September 1761

Clnbridge Weight for Age Race
1. Hero, grey horse owned by Mr O’Neil
2. Babram, black horse owned by Mr Bagnell
3. Scanderberg, bay horse owned by Mr Rowley

Saturday 26th September 1761

Clnbridge Purse
1. Lottery, bay mare owned by Sir Edward O’Brien
2. Blossom, bay mare owned by Mr Mylon
3. Dutchess, grey mare owned by Lord Belvedre
4. Potato, bay mare owned by Mr O’Conneyr (sic)

The final meeting took place on Saturday 26th September 1761.
Course today On common ground on the edge of the village.
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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