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Earliest meeting: Thursday 4th April 1878
Final meeting: Friday 19th April 1901
The West Lothian village of Uphall and the tiny hamlet of Oatridge lie close to the expanding town of Livingstone. They are located some 30 miles from Glasgow and 14 miles from Edinburgh in countryside which lends itself to hunting. In 1869 the Linlithgow, Stirlingshire and East Lothian Hunt Groups combined, but it was a further 9 years before they diversified from hunting into racing. The first National Hunt meeting organised by the Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Hunt Committee was on Thursday 4th April 1878. That meeting, a seven race card was held in the tiny hamlet of Oatridge. The course, on Oatlands Farm, was described as extremely difficult to find being 2 miles from Uphall, 3 from Winchburgh and 4 from Linlithgow. However, the meeting was deemed to be a success and further meetings continued annually. At the meeting on Thursday 16th April 1896 the Foxhunters Plate, over 3 miles, was the main event and went to Frontier who got the better of Bloomfield and Chance. Meetings were confined to a single days racing a year, almost always in April, at Oatridge. Although the War in South Africa put paid to the 1900 meeting, a meeting did take place on Friday 19th April 1901, but it proved to be the last under rules. The Hunt group continued to host point to point meetings at Oatridge until 1987.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Major Cox, Hon. L Elphinstone, Captain Ward-Bennitt
Principal Races Linlithgow & Stirlingshire Open Hunt Steeplechase, Foxhunters Plate

Thursday 10th April 1879
Challenge Cup over 3 miles
1. Minerva, 6 year old owned by Mr W H Mott
2. Brilliant, aged horse owned by Captain Ward-Bennitt
3. Bon Esperance, aged horse owned by Captain A C McKean
Betting: 4/6 Brilliant, 2/1 Minerva, 6/1 Bon Esperance

The final meeting took place on Friday 19th April 1901.

Course today

On the Farm in the hamlet of Oatbridge, near Uphall. Although racing under rules ceased in 1901, the Hunt group continued to host point to point meetings at Oatridge until 1987.

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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