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Earliest meeting: Thursday 14th October 1773
Final meeting: Friday 15th October 1773
The River Shannon divides Lanesborough, in the county of Longford, on the eastern side of the river, with Ballyleague, in county Roscommon, on the western side. Lanesborough held a two day race meeting on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October 1773 which was deemed sufficiently important for results to be included in the Racing Calendar. On the opening day the Large Silver Cup for hunters was won by Spanker, owned by Mr John Fallon, who got the better of Hawknose, while on the following day a Ladies Plate went to Mr Hanly’s bay gelding Rattle-the-Cash. There are no further records of meetings taking place in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Thomas Newcomer, Mr John Fallon, Mr Hanly
Principal Races Lanesborough Silver Cup, Lanesborough Ladies Plate

Thursday 14th October 1773
Lanesborough Silver Cup
1. Spanker, bay gelding owned by Mr John Fallon
2. Hawknose, bay gelding owned by Mr William Sandys
3. Unnamed 6 year old owned by Mr Francis Heney

The final meeting took place on Friday 15th October 1773.
Course today Over good hunting ground on the outskirts of the town.
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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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