HEDON RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Monday 5th April 1869
Final meeting: Thursday 3rd August 1871
Hedon is a small town in the East Riding of Yorkshire just 5 miles east of the city of Hull. It could call on a number of Hunting groups, including the Holderness, to support its race meeting. The inaugural meeting took place on Monday 5th April 1869 in fields forming a 3 mile course on the outskirts of the town, complete with water jump situated directly in front of the stands. The meeting, organised by Mr Foster of the King’s Head, was entitled the ‘Hedon, Hull and Holderness Steeplechases’ and opened with the Hunters Steeplechase won by Corkey owned by Mr Marsden. The North Eastern Rail Company boosted the crowd by providing an excursion train from Hull. After the National Hunt Committee adjusted the rules of racing in 1870 a meeting did take place at Hedon on Thursday 3rd August 1871, but the attendance was small and the programme included pony races. Meetings outside of the rules of racing did continue at the venue well into the 20th century.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Inge, Sir Clifford Constable
Principal Races Hedon, Hull & Holderness Chase, Hunters Steeplechase

Monday 5th April 1869
Hedon, Hull & Holderness Chase over 3 miles
1. Mona, bay mare owned by Captain Inge
2. Funny Man, chestnut gelding owned by Mr R Walker
3. Birdbolt, bay gelding owned by Mr Cautley
Betting: 5/4 Mona, 5/4 Funny Man, 3/1 Birdbolt

The final meeting took place on Thursday 3rd August 1871.
Course today A 3 mile course complete with grandstand and water jump in fields on the outskirts of the town.
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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