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Earliest meeting: Monday 5th April 1847
Final meeting: Monday 5th April 1847
Newall, in West Yorkshire, was historically part of the township of Newall with Clifton in Otley. It lies on the north bank of the River Wharfe, across Otley Bridge from the town of Otley. Racing took place in Wharfedale at a number of different venues from 1845 until 1874, but on Monday 5th April 1847 the races were staged on the eastern side of Newall, just a mile from Otley. The opening Sweepstakes was won by Mr Thornber’s Fanny Grey who beat Miss Side and Redeemer. The concluding Sweepstakes went to Mr Scriven’s The Hero. The next year races were staged on a different track nearer to Otley.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Scriven, Mr George Rhodes
Principal Races Newall Sweepstakes, Wharfedale Steeplechase

Monday 5th April 1847
Wharfedale Steeplechase
1. Fanny Grey, grey mare owned by Mr Thornber
2. Miss Side, chestnut mare owned by Mr Wharton
3. Redeemer, brown gelding owned by Mr S Barrett

The final meeting took place on Monday 5th April 1847.
Course today Across good hunting ground at Newhall, a mile from Otley.
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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