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Earliest meeting: Monday 22nd April 1765
Final meeting: Thursday 25th April 1765
The County Westmeath village of Multyfarnham boasts an ancient monastery which was established in 1268 for Franciscan friars. Five hundred years later the village established a four day race meeting from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th April 1765. The racing festival opened with a Plate for 5 year olds which was won by Colonel Maguire’s bay horse, and the next day an Open Purse went to Mr Wall’s chestnut mare who defeated Tulip. A Sweepstake on Wednesday 24th April saw a good battle between Slider, Silver Lac and Star before the former prevailed, and on the concluding day the race was won by Mr Nugent’s Merry Traveller. There are no further records of racing taking place in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Colonel Maguire, Mr Judge, Mr Nugent
Principal Races Multyfarnham Sweepstake, Multyfarnham Handicap

Thursday 25th April 1765
Multyfarnham Sweepstake
1. Merry Traveller, bay gelding owned by Mr Nugent
2. Foundred, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Dalamare
3. Hercules, grey gelding owned by Mr Nugent
4. Spotted Doe, grey mare owned by Mr Dardis

The final meeting took place on Thursday 25th April 1765.
Course today On common ground on the edge of the village.
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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