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Earliest meeting: Monday 24th September 1753
Final meeting: Friday 5th September 1755
Follifoot is a village in Yorkshire just 2 miles south east of Harrogate. The earliest record of racing taking place in the village was a two day meeting on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September 1753 when the Follifoot £50 Plate was won by Mr Reed’s Single Peeper and the later Give and Take race by Tripping Nancy for Dr Bracken. The meeting was held in fields on the outskirts of the village which are still known as racecourse fields. The next year a two day meeting was staged from Wednesday 11th to Thursday 12th September 1754 when the principal £50 Purse was won by Mr Mann’s Neptune. A final 3 day meeting ended on Friday 5th September 1755 when the £50 Plate went to Mr Jennison’s Bussler and the Give and Take race to Camilla.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Earl of Pomfret, Sir William Manners, Sir John Pennington, Dr Bracken

Principal Races Follifoot Give & Take Plate, Follifoot £50 Plate

Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th September 1753

Follifoot £50 Plate
1. Single Peeper owned by Mr Reed
2. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Scrope
3. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Croft

Follifoot Give & Take Plate
1. Tripping Nancy owned by Dr Bracken

Wednesday 11th - Thursday 12th September 1754

Wednesday 11th September 1754 Follifoot Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Neptune owned by Mr Mann
2. Scar owned by Mr Robinson
3. Tryal owned by Sir John Lister

Thursday 12th September 1754 Follifoot Give and Take
1. Rippon owned by Mr Robert Shaftoe
2. Maidenhead owned by Mr Carter
3. Bold Willey owned by Mr Marmaduke Middleton

Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th September 1755

Follifoot £50 Plate
1. Ruffler owned by Mr Jannison

Follifoot Give & Take Plate
1. Camilla owned by Mr Wilson

Follifoot £50 Purse
1. Bold owned by the Earl of Pomfret
2. Wag owned by Lord William Manners
3. Rally owned by Sir John Pennington

The final meeting took place on Friday 5th September 1755.
Course today

Until quite recently some fields on the outskirts of the village of Follifoot were known locally as racecourse fields.

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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