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Earliest meeting: Monday 8th June 1846
Final meeting: Monday 19th June 1848
The small North Riding village of Elvington is situated about 11 kilometres south east of the city of York. The village lies on the River Derwent and was, until 1974, in the East Riding. Despite being a small village it did hold its own races in the mid-1800s, with the first reported two day meeting being staged on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th June 1846. The opening Silver Cup was won by Mr Bowman’s King of the Slack, who beat Miss Linch and Fanny Gray, while on the second day the Silver Tea Pot, reserved for featherweights, went to Mr Harper’s Black Bess. The next year the meeting was staged on Monday 31st May, when the Silver Cup was won by Mr Peaty’s Donna Maria, and on Tuesday 1st June when the Elvington Hunt Stakes went to Mr Bowman’s Fancyboy. The final meeting took place on Monday 19th June 1848.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Bowman, Mr Abbey
Principal Races Elvington Purse of Gold, Elvington Silver Tea Pot

Tuesday 9th June 1846
Elvington Purse of Gold
1. King of the Slack, 6 year old owned by Mr Bowman
2. Coronation, aged horse owned by Mr Abbey

The final meeting took place on Monday 19th June 1848.
Course today In fields 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 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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