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Earliest Meeting: Wednesday 18th October 1721
Final Meeting: Thursday 19th October 1721
The Rutland county town of Oakham is situated about 25 miles east of Leicester and 28 miles south-east of Nottingham. It enjoys beautiful countryside and is to the west of the large, man-made lake of Rutland Water. In about 1180 a Norman Castle was built in the town and, although there is still some evidence of the inner bailey of the castle, only the great hall remains. It has been a tradition of the town for over 500 years that when members of the Royal Family or other dignitaries visit the town they donate a horseshoe as a forfeit. Over 200 of the horseshoes are displayed in or near the great hall, the earliest being from 1470 when King Edward IV visited Oakham. Therefore it seems appropriate that Oakham held its own race meeting in the early part of the 18th century. The Stamford Mercury advertised the meeting on Thursday 12th October 1721 and an extract from the newspaper is shown below. The 2 day meeting opened on Wednesday 18th October 1721 and ran to a second day on Thursday 19th October. Although the newspaper advertised the meeting, it did not follow up by reporting the results from the meeting.

Over 1600 former courses are covered in Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Hugh Ashton
Principal Races Oakham Plate, Oakham Weight for Inches Handicap

The newspaper extract below is shown courtesy of the Stamford Mercury and British Library Online.

The final meeting took place on Thursday 19th October 1721.
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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