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Earliest meeting: Monday 3rd March 1851
Final meeting: Tuesday 29th March 1853
The Greater Manchester town of Oldham lies between the River Irk and the River Medlock. It is located about 5 miles south east of Rochdale and less than 7 miles from Manchester City centre. Historically the town was in Lancashire, its growth being due to textile manufacturing. In the middle of the 19th century the town held its own race meetings; initially a 2 day military meeting on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th March 1851 on fields at the edge of the town towards Manchester. The opening Garrison & Hunt Stakes was won by Captain Maynard’s Springy Jack beating Brewer. Many of the other races had a military link, either by the race name or the jockey’s connection with the armed forces. A final 2 day meeting ended on Tuesday 29th March 1853 with the concluding Selling Steeplechase going to Frederick Jerome owned by Mr Moab.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Maynard, Captain Norton
Principal Races Borough Handicap Steeplechase, Broadbent Chase

Tuesday 29th March 1853
Borough Handicap Steeplechase
1. Wild Hero, aged horse owned by Mr S Whiting
2. Heroine, aged horse owned by Mr Wainwright
3. Fazeley, aged horse owned by Mr Higgins

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 29th March 1853.

Course today In fields on the edge of the town towards Manchester.
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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