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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 3rd May 1842
Final meeting: Tuesday 3rd May 1853
The Nottinghamshire town of Ollerton, with its historic watermill built in 1713, lies on the River Maun on the edge of Sherwood Forest. On Tuesday 3rd May 1842 it organised its inaugural race meeting on Broughton Brake, an unenclosed area of land owned by the Earl of Scarborough. The meeting opened with the Ollerton Hurdle Sweepstake and concluded with a Flat race. Races continued annually for the next eleven years. At the meeting on Monday 3rd May 1852 the Hurdle Sweepstake was won by Dandy Jem, owned by Mr G Walker, who defeated Mr B Land’s The General. The final meeting was staged on Tuesday 3rd May 1853 when the Hurdle race was won by Bobtail from Kiss Me Quick and Blue Ruin. The concluding Flat race was won by Mr John Lamplugh’s Latitat.

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

Earl of Scarborough, Mr John Lamplugh

Principal Races Ollerton Hurdle Sweepstake

Tuesday 3rd May 1853
Ollerton Hurdle Sweepstake over 1 mile and 6 hurdles
1. Kiss me Quick, brown mare owned by Mr H Turner
2. Peter Simple, grey gelding owned by Mr Brownlow
3. Blue Ruin, bay gelding owned by Mr Hunderwing

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 3rd May 1853.

Course today At Broughton Brake on land owned by the Earl of Scarborough.
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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