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Earliest meeting: Monday 24th September 1764
Final meeting: Wednesday 26th September 1764
The County Westmeath village of Clondelever is situated near to Mullingar and once held its own races in the mid-1700s. The races took place in the glorious open countryside surrounding the village and were deemed sufficiently important to be included in the ‘Historical List of Horse Matches and Races of 1764’. The 3 day meeting opened on Monday 24th September with a 5 year old Purse which was won by Mr Tennison’s Juliet, beating Mullingar Lass and Lass of the Mill. The next day a Hunters’ Plate saw Mr Simms’s Spittle-Fields overcome Mr Nugent’s Sportsman. The main event on the concluding day was for 6 year olds and upwards and went to Mr Heaney’s Creeping Kate. There are no records of further racing in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Colonel McGuire
Principal Races Clondelever Hunters’ Plate, Clondelever 5 year old Purse

24th September 1764

Clondelever 5 year old Purse
1. Juliet, bay mare owned by Mr Tennison
2. Mullingar Lass, chestnut mare owned by Mr Ferris
3. Lass of the Mill, grey mare owned by Mr Sheridan

25th September 1764

Clondelever Hunters’ Plate
1. Spittle-fields, grey horse owned by Mr Simms
2. Sportsman, bay horse owned by Mr Nugent

26th September 1764

Clondelever 6 year old and upwards Purse
1. Creeping Kate, grey mare owned by Mr Heaney
2. Juba, black horse owned by Colonel McGuire
3. Brassy Tom, chestnut horse owned by Mr Lill

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 26th September 1764.
Course today In glorious open countryside on the outskirts 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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