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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 5th January 1853
Final meeting: Wednesday 5th January 1853
The West Yorkshire market town of Huddersfield is one of the largest towns in the United Kingdom and today has a population in excess of 165,000. It is ideally located, lying close to both the River Colne and River Holme, and is midway between Leeds and Manchester. The town held its own race meeting on Wednesday 5th January 1853, staging a keenly fought Steeplechase which attracted a large field. Although it looked to be competitive on paper, in the event Mr Brooksock’s Lucks’all won with ease. There are no records of further races taking place in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Brooksock, Mr W Hill, Mr Kenworthy
Principal Races Huddersfield Handicap Steeplechase

Wednesday 5th January 1853
Huddersfield Handicap Steeplechase
1. Lucks’all, chestnut horse owned by Mr Brooksock
2. The Pirate, bay horse owned by Mr Wear
3. Pathfinder, bay horse owned by Mr W Hill
4. Jane Grey, grey mare owned by Mr Kenworthy
5. Fanny, brown mare owned by Mr Walker
6. Barleycorn, black horse owned by Mr Breabey
7. Jupiter, chestnut horse owned by Mr Greaves
8. Mullingar, chestnut horse owned by Mr Johnstone

The only recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 5th January 1853.

Course today On good hunting ground 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

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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