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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 19th June 1753
Final meeting: Thursday 21st June 1753
The County Limerick townland of Lacka lies in the Killagholehane district of the county. Lacka House is one of the most important country houses in the region and was built in 1830. The townland held its own race meeting when results were reported in the Historical List of Races. The 3 day meeting opened on Tuesday 19th June 1753 with a Silver Cup which saw Mr Higginson’s Buckinger defeat Miss Flirt. The Purse on Wednesday 20th June went to Jenny Cameron, owned by Mr Burrows, while the meeting closed on Thursday 21st June with a Subscription Purse which also went to Mr Burrows via his Pettycoat Tight. There is no evidence of further meetings in the townland.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Colonel McGuire, Mr Burrows
Principal Races Lacka Silver Cup, Lacka Subscription Purse

19th June 1753

Lacka Silver Cup
1. Buckinger, bay horse owned by Mr Higginson
2. Miss Flirt, chestnut mare owned by Mr Kelly
3. Peg, chestnut mare owned by Mr Calhagan
4. Small Hope, bay mare owned by Mr Rice

20th June 1753

Lacka £20 Purse
1. Jenny Cameron, bay mare owned by Mr Burrows
2. Arthur of Bradley, bay horse owned by Mr Burton
3. Squeezer, grey horse owned by Mr Kelly

21st June 1753

Lacka Subscription Purse
1. Pettycoat Tight, chestnut mare owned by Mr Burrows
2. Marlborough, bay horse owned by Colonel McGuire
3. Trimmer, bay gelding owned by Mr Keating

The final meeting took place on Thursday 21st June 1753.
Course today Across 4 miles of fair hunting ground on the edge of Lacka.
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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