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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 8th October 1828
Final meeting: Monday 23rd May 1853
The Cheshire town of Macclesfield held races as early as Wednesday 8th October 1828 when the 4 race card featured the Stand Cup which was won by Mr Linley’s Single Pepper. However, it was a long time before a prolonged period of racing in the town, with a two day meeting taking place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October 1846; the card opening with the Macclesfield Trial Stakes over 1 ¾ miles being won by Mr Stagg’s Hector.  The final race on day two was abandoned when one of the runners, Brunette, was killed when hitting a tree in the middle of the course. Her rider, the jockey Arthur, was seriously injured and racing was abandoned for the day. As a consequence, there was then a lapse of 3 years before racing returned to the town. The last meeting took place on Monday 23rd May 1853, with the final Free Handicap going to Odiham owned by the racing enthusiast Mr B Land. However, the newspaper reports were scathing, suggesting the facilities were inadequate and the space too confined to operate a safe meeting. The quest to find a more suitable course also ended in failure.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Frazer, Alderman Copeland (Steward)
Principal Races Macclesfield Trial Stakes, Macclesfield Tradesmen's Plate

Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October 1846

The Macclesfield Trial Stakes over 1 ¾ miles
1. Hector owned by Mr Stagg
2. Grand Seignior owned by Mr Russell
3. Maggie Lauder owned by Mr Gower

The Macclesfield’s Tradesmen’s Plate over 3 miles
1. Chartist owned by Mr Hibel
2. Lady Flora owned by Mr Lamb
3. Tottenham owned by Mr Ird

The Consolation Stakes over 2 miles
1. Tottenham owned by Mr Ird
2. Lady Flora owned by Mr Lamb
3. Maggie Lauder owned by Mr Gower

The final meeting took place on Monday 23rd May 1853.
Course today The meetings were held on a ground that was too tight for racing and too confined to operate a successful meeting.
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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