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Earliest meeting: Thursday 17th November 1768
Final meeting: Thursday 17th November 1768
The Flintshire village of Halkyn is located in the north of the country between Pentre Halkyn and Rhosemor. The village was recorded in the Domesday Book when known as Alchene, and in the middle of the 18th century was recorded as Halkin in the Racing Calendar of 1768. It hosted a race meeting administered by the Holywell Hunt on Thursday 17th November 1768 when the feature event was the Halkin Gold Cup. Six runners went to post for the two mile event on Halkin Mountain, with Boadicea getting the better of Cymro and Clown. Although the Holywell Hunt Group continued to organise meetings, no further mention is made of Halkin as the venue.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Holywell Hunt, Mr Mostyn, Mr Vernon
Principal Races Halkin Gold Cup

Thursday 17th November 1768
Halkin Gold Cup over 2 miles
1. Boadicea, bay mare owned by Mr Vernon
2. Cymro, roan horse owned by Mr Lloyd
3. Clown, black gelding owned by Mr Hill
4. Hobbadery, chestnut horse owned by Mr Leche
5. Cadwallader, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Griffith
6. Latharin, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Mostyn

The final meeting took place on Thursday 17th November 1768.
Course today A two mile course around Halkin mountain.
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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