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Earliest meeting: Monday 1st April 1889
Final meeting: Tuesday 4th May 1897
The county Westmeath town of Moate is named after the motte-and-bailey castle built by the Normans, nothing of which remains apart from the earthwork mound adjacent to Main Street. One of the earliest meetings in the town took place a mile from the centre and was described as an unpretentious gathering. The day began with the Moate Harriers’ Handicap, restricted to hunters, which was won by Mr S Gaynor’s even money favourite Jack The Ripper by a comfortable 10 lengths; the same combination doubled up later in the afternoon in the Aughafen Plate. The principal race, the Moate Plate over 2 miles saw Mr Bell’s Sir Richard get the better of Subpoena, while the day concluded with a pony race. By 1897 the fixture on Tuesday 4th May was organised under the Irish Racing Association Rules, opening with the Drapers’ Plate which was won by Mr M O’Donnell’s Castleknock. The Banogue Hurdle Plate went to Mr B P McDonnell’s Hazlewood, while the Westmeath Plate saw Mr Geary’s Half and Half defeat Woodbine. Although minor meetings were staged after this date, they increasingly involved non-thoroughbreds.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Bell, Mr Gaynor, Mr O’Sullevan
Principal Races Moate Plate, Moate Harriers’ Handicap, Banogue Hurdle Plate

Monday 1st April 1889
Moate Harriers’ Handicap over 2 miles
1. Jack the Ripper, 5 year old owned by Mr S Gaynor
2. Bustle, 5 year old owned by Mr Ben
3. Dick, aged horse owned by Mr Murtagh
Betting: Evens Jack the Ripper, 2/1 Dick, 3/1 Bustle

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 4th May 1897.
Course today An unpretentious course a mile from the town centre.
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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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