LAMBTON RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Thursday 18th October 1821
Final meeting: Thursday 27th October 1825

The first meeting at Lambton, for Gentleman riders only, took place in 1821 at Lambton Park near Chester-le-Street in County Durham. The inaugural meeting, organised by Mr John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham (1792-1840), took place on Thursday 18th October 1821. Notable riders and supporters of the meeting were the second Earl of Wilton and the Duke of Portland. Extraordinary meetings followed, including the 1824 meeting when no less than 40 races were contested over the 4 day racing festival. Meetings continued for 4 more years, with the annual highlight being the Gold Cup. The final card took place on Thursday 27th October 1825.

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

Local Patrons

Earl of Durham, Duke of Portland, Lord Wilton, Lord Normanby, Earl of Wilton, Mr Lambton, Sir M W Ridley, Captain Cochrane

Principal Races Gold Cup, Normanby Stakes,Union Stakes, Palatine Stakes, Harraton Stakes, Welter Stakes, Normanby Mile, Lambton & Sedgefield Hunt Steeplechase

Thursday 18th October 1821

Lambton Handicap Stakes
1. Unnamed grey filly by Macbeth owned by Mr Lambton
2. Whizgig, a bay horse owned by Mr Duncombe
3. Morris-Dancer, a bay horse owned by Mr R Lambton

The Lambton 50 Guineas Match
1. Mrs Siddons owned by Mr Lambton
2. Capulet owned by Lord Normanby

The Welter Stakes over 2 miles
1. Cavalier, a brown colt owned by Mr Lambton
2. Sir John, a brown colt owned by Mr Petre
3. Kenilworth, a chestnut horse owned by Mr Baker

The Lambton Hunt Stakes over 2 miles
1. Escape, a grey horse owned by Mr Mason
2. Unnamed bay horse by L’Orient owned by Mr W Loraine
3. Mrs Siddons, a bay filly owned by Mr Lambton

Lambton Silver Cup over 2 miles
1. Unnamed filly by Ardrossan owned by Mr Hepworth
2. Rally, a bay mare owned by Mr Hudson
3. Waterloo, a bay horse owned by Mr Day

Friday 19th October 1821

Lambton Handicap Sweepstakes over the Normanby mile
1. Ralpho, a chestnut horse owned by Lord Normanby
2. Bergami owned by Mr Petre
3. Alderman Wood owned by Mr Duncombe

The Normanby Mile
1. Puss owned by Mr Wyvill
2. Unnamed filly by Macbeth owned by Mr Lambton

Wednesday 20th October to Saturday 23rd October 1824

Lambton Gold Cup donated by the Lambton Racing Club
1. St Leger owned by Mr Duncombe
2. Leporello owned by Mr Russell
3. Pecunia owned by Mr Lambton

Normanby Stakes over 2 miles
1. Pecunia owned by Mr Lambton
2. Clari owned by Lord Normanby
3. The Abbot owned by Mr Russell

Lambton Gold Cup over 2 miles
1. Corinthian owned by Mr Lambton
2. Conspiracy owned by Mr J Robinson
3. Lorenzo owned by Mr Hobhouse

Union Stakes over 2 miles
1. Squirrel owned by Mr Mills
2. Leporello owned by Mr Russell
3. Rallyasco owned by Mr D Lambton

Palatine Stakes over 2 miles
1. German owned by Mr Lambton
2. Mystic owned by Lord Wilton
3. Lorenzo owned by Mr Hobhouse

Harraton Stakes over 2 miles
1. Pecunia owned by Mr Lambton
2. Gladiator owned by Lord Wilton

The Welter Stakes over 2 miles
1. Corinthian owned by Mr Lambton
2. Conspiracy owned by Mr J Robinson
3. Lorenzo owned by Mr Hobhouse

The final meeting took place on Thursday 27th October 1825.
Course today On Lambton Park, with the land being known as ‘the racecourse’ for most of the next century, even recorded as such when cavalry were billeted there in 1915.
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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