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Earliest meeting: Monday 16th September 1844
Final meeting: Monday 16th September 1844
The County Kilkenny grassland area of Littleton Park, located between Ballymahon and Athlone, staged races on Monday 16th September 1844. The mile and a half course, with 4 fences and a 3 ½ foot hurdle, was on the Park and the meeting was organised by Mr J T Hogan. A large crowd from Ballymahon, Athlone and Moate thronged the course and were rewarded with an exciting day at the races. In the first race Mr Ganley’s Brown Fanny beat Staply and Woollen Wheel, while the feature race, the Littleton Stakes, went to Mr Thomas Ganley’s All Around My Hat. There is no evidence of further meetings taking place on the Park.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr J T Hogan, General Dillon, Mr C Lyons (Stewards)
Principal Races

Littleton Stakes, Littleton Handicap

Monday 16th September 1844
Littleton Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. All Around My Hat, bay gelding owned by Mr Thomas Ganley
2. Innkeeper, bay gelding owned by Mr Thomas Campbell
3. Maid of the Mill, bay mare owned by Mr Doonican
4. Morning Star, bay mare owned by Mr Lynch

The final meeting took place on Monday 16th September 1844.
Course today A 1 ½ mile course on Littleton Park.
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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