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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 1st November 1842
Final meeting: Tuesday 1st November 1842
The Northamptonshire town of Corby lies 23 miles north east of Northampton and once held its own race meeting. Corby was famous for its steelworks and equally famous for the number of Scottish workers employed in the industry. However, well before this industry became fully established the town held a horse race meeting on Tuesday 1st November 1842. The 3 mile Sweepstake for just 2 Sovereigns was won by Mr Johnson’s Virgina by a comfortable 2 lengths from Cheroot. There are no records of any further races being held in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Barnes, Mr Johnson, Mr Pritchard
Principal Races Corby 2 Sovereigns Sweepstake

Tuesday 1st November 1842
Corby 2 Sovereigns Sweepstake over 3 miles
1. Virginia, bay mare owned by Mr Johnson
2. Cheroot, grey gelding owned by Mr Pritchard
3. Brunette, brown mare owned by Mr Barnes
4. Poacher, chestnut horse owned by Mr Greatwood

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 1st November 1842.

Course today Across 3 miles of good hunting ground on the edge of the town.
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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