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Earliest meeting: Monday 27th June 1796
Final meeting: Tuesday 28th June 1796
The county Wexford village of Coolgreany, made famous in 1887 for its evictions, lies close to the towns of Arklow and Gorey. Despite having a tiny population to call upon, the village held its own two day meeting from Monday 27th to Tuesday 28th June 1796. On the first day the 20 Guineas Plate was run in heats three times round the course and resulted in a win for Mr Beauman’s Habakkuk, defeating Deceiver and Glaucus. On the second day the Purse was over four circuits of the course and was won by Mr Cowell’s Glaucus, beating Cocoa and Southern Lass.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Beauman, Mr Frizzle, Mr Cowel
Principal Races Coolgreany Purse

Monday 27th June 1796
 Coolgreany Purse over 3 times round
1. Habakkuk, brown horse owned by Mr Beauman
2. Deceiver, grey horse owned by Mr Frizzel
3. Glaucus, bay mare owned by Mr Cowel

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 28th June 1796.
Course today A course approximately a mile round in fields 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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