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Earliest meeting: Monday 23rd May 1864
Final meeting: Monday 28th May 1888
The East Riding of Yorkshire village of North Cave is situated some 19 kilometres west of Hull. Along with its neighbouring villages of South Cave and Everthorpe it held races in the latter part of the 19th century. The inaugural meeting was held on Monday 23rd May 1864 on farmland owned by Mr Blossom on the edge of North Cave. The principal race, for a Hunting Saddle, was won by Princess owned by Mr Stothard. In 1866 Mr Blossom threatened to plough up the fields he owned on which the races were run, so trying to put an end to North Cave races. However, meetings continued annually until Monday 28th May 1888 when the crowd size was seriously depleted. Meetings did continue outside of the rules of racing after this date and well into the start of the 20th century.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr Howard & Mr F Boyce (Stewards)

Principal Races Hotham Stakes, Scramble Stakes, North Cave Hunters Sweepstakes

Monday 23rd May 1864
North Cave Hunting Saddle Sweepstakes
1. Princess, aged mare owned by Mr Stothard
2. Maria, aged mare owned by Mr Brown
3. Lady Emily, aged horse owned by Mr Jefferson

The final meeting took place on Monday 28th May 1888.
Course today On farmland on the edge of North Cave owned by Mr Blossom.
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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