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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 30th March 1875
Final meeting: April 1893
The small Scottish village of Collin, on Lochar Water, is situated between Dumfries and Gretna. Although the Dumfries Racecourse held its final meeting on Wednesday 13th October 1847, within a year hunters and hounds were introduced into the area by Joe Graham.  It was 5 years later that the first race meeting organised by the Hunt Committee took place at Leafield on 8th April 1853, and afterwards at Dalton and Lockerbie until 1874. It then transferred its interest to Collin, 4 miles from Dumfries, from 1875 to 1893 before moving on to Carnsalloch. The course was on the estates of Sir A Grierson and Mr Jardine over good hunting ground, although the water jump was challenging because of the poor landing area after the jump. The first meeting at this course was staged on Tuesday 30th March 1875, continuing for 18 years. The programme at the inaugural meeting consisted of the Dumfriesshire Hunt Cup, the Hunt Purse, the Open Hunters’ Stakes and the Dumfries Burgh Stakes. The meetings were popular and well supported. The main race on Tuesday 20th April 1886, the Dumfriesshire Hunt Cup, saw Mr W B Jardine’s Golden Fleece, at the prohibitive odds of 1/3, defeat Lina and Ned. At the meeting on Saturday 9th April 1892 the opening Selling Steeplechase Plate saw Earl Roman, for Mr J Wallace-Haigh, defeat Mr Salkelb’s Lady Ethel. The feature race, the Dumfriesshire Hunt Cup, was won by Meadow Queen. The final meeting at this venue was on April 1893.  Racing organised by the Hunt Committee continued at a number of venues until its final meeting at Justinlees in 1914.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Sir A Grierson, Mr Jardine, Joe Graham, Captain David Johnstone

Principal Races

Collin Selling Steeplechase, The Silver Snuff-Box, The Silver Jug, Dumfriesshire Hunt Cup, Border Hunt Chase

Tuesday 20th April 1886
Dumfriesshire Hunt Cup over 3 miles
1. Golden Fleece, aged horse owned by Mr W B Jardine
2. Lina,aged mare owned by Mr A J Johnstone
3. Ned, aged horse owned by Mr F Joynson
Betting: 1/3 Golden Fleece, 4/1 Lina, 8/1 Ned

The final meeting took place on April 1893.

Whilst there was a single meeting held on Tuesday 1st April 1924, the area still to this day holds successful point to point meetings at Lockerbie.

Course today

On the estates of Sir A Grierson and Mr Jardine.

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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