MIDDLETOWN RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 19th February 1851
Final meeting: Wednesday 19th February 1851
Middletown is a small village in County Armagh just 2 miles from Tynan. On Wednesday 19th February 1851 the village organised a race meeting over a course specially selected to ensure safe fences and a run-in over a long stretch of level grassland intersected by stiff jumps in order to test the fencing powers of the horses. The Middletown Purse was won by Mr E W Boad’s Bob, while the feature Middletown Cup went to Drone for Mr Evatt, over-hauling long time leader Baronet close home.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Evatt, Mr Boad
Principal Races Middletown Cup, Scurry Stakes, Middletown Purse

Wednesday 19th February 1851
The Middletown Cup
1. Drone, aged horse owned by Mr Evatt
2. Baronet, aged horse owned by Mr H Boad
3. Whalebone, aged mare owned by Mr Winder

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 19th February 1851.
Course today In fields on the edge of the village with stiff, but fair, fences and a long, straight run-in.
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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