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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 26th May 1863
Final meeting: Whit Tuesday 21st May 1872
Haxby, on the River Foss, is a town in North Yorkshire some 5 miles from the City of York. It is in a glorious part of the county, with the garden village of New Earswick to its south. The name Haxby translates as the farmstead of a leader called Hakr, and the town once held its own races, starting on Tuesday 26th May 1863. The races were organised in conjunction with the village fair and took place on a straight course on Sandy Lane which skirted the farms of Mr Rhodes and Mr Bullock. The viewing facilities were excellent and based in fields owned by Mr Brittain. The card opened with a 6 furlong Sweepstake which was won by Mr Taylor’s Ace of Clubs. The three race card was completed by the Beaten Horses Stakes which was won by Little Pinkie owned by Mr Dixon. Races continued annually for the next 9 years until a final meeting under rules was held on Whit Tuesday 21st May 1872 when the concluding Tally-Ho Stakes was won by Mr Wilson’s Queen Beauty.

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

Captain Stainforth, Mr G Bell (Steward)

Principal Races Haxby Sweepstakes, Tally-Ho Stakes

Tuesday 26th May 1863
Haxby Sweepstakes over 6 furlongs
1. Ace of Clubs, brown colt owned by Mr Taylor
2. Little Pinkie, 3 year old owned by Mr Dixon
3. Nancy, brown mare owned by Mr Hessle

The final meeting took place on Whit Tuesday 21st May 1872.
Course today On the straight course of Sandy Lane.
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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