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Earliest meeting: Friday 8th April 1853
Final meeting: Saturday 11th April 1914
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.  Some 5 years later the first race meeting organised by the Dumfriesshire Hunt Committee took place at Leafield on Friday 8th April 1853 and remained there until 1856. The next venue was Dalton from 1856 to 1859. It transferred initially to nearby Lockerbie on 20th April 1860 and remained there until 1875, later transferring its interest to Collin from 1875 to 1895 and on to Carnsalloch from 1895 to 1899. As a consequence of the Boer War there was no meeting organised in 1900 and the meeting finally rested at Justinlees from 1901 until racing ceased in 1914. At that final meeting at Justinlees, just outside of Annan, a large crowd witnessed the largest entry ever for a Dumfriesshire Hunt meeting and enjoyed seeing Mr J Johnstone ride a treble. The feature race was the United Hunt Cup which was won by Mr A J Ferguson’s Lady Hackler, and the crowd went home happy, not realising that the First World War would spell the end of racing under rules for the Hunt Group.

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

Marquis of Queensberry, Sir Robert Buchanan Jardine, Joe Graham, Captain David Johnstone

Principal Races

Dumfriesshire Hunt Cup, Dumfries Burgh Chase, The Silver Snuff-Box, The Silver Jug, 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 Saturday 11th April 1914.

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

At a range of venues from Leafield to Justinlees.

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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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