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Earliest meeting: Thursday 8th November 1866
Final meeting: Tuesday 2nd November 1869
Oldstone was a townland south of Antrim and Muckamore in Ireland which once staged race meetings administered by the Old Rock and Chichester Foxhound Group. The first meeting took place on Thursday 21st November 1867, with the Northern Counties Railway laying on excursion trains to support the event. The meeting began with a £50 match in which Mr Chaine’s Caustic defeated Viscount Massereene’s Creole. Later the Hunt Cup was won by Wildfire. However, a meeting had been held the previous year on Thursday 8th November 1866 on a course close to the Belfast to Londonderry rail line. The demanding course stretched over 3 miles and included 32 fences. Before these meetings Chichester had held a meeting in its own right on Friday 31st July 1863 when the Memorial 2 year old Stakes was won by Lady Hyean, defeating Rigalobrooke and Ferronaul. The Oldstone meetings continued for just 2 more years until a final card on Tuesday 2nd November 1869.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Viscount Massereene, Viscount Templetown
Principal Races Old Rock Hunt Cup, Hunt Plate

Thursday 21st November 1867
The Old Rock Hunt Cup
1. Wildfire, chestnut mare owned by Mr J S Alexander
2. Oliver, bay gelding owned by Mr A J McNeil
3. The Clown, grey gelding owned by Captain J F Montgomery

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 2nd November 1869.
Course today On the edge of the townland of Oldstone.
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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