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Earliest meeting: Friday 7th April 1843
Final meeting: Thursday 5th April 1866
The East Riding of Yorkshire village of Patrington lies in the Holderness area of the county. It is located some 9 miles from Hedon and just 4 miles from Withernsea. The village held its first steeplechase meeting on Friday 7th April 1843 when the Sweepstake was won by Lady Harriet, who defeated Rat Trap and Louisa. Two years later, on Wednesday 26th March 1845, the principal event, a Steeplechase over 4 miles, was won by Mr H Lambert’s Romance. In 1854 the village got its own railway station on the Hull to Holderness line which enabled it to further promote its own race meetings in the 1860s. The first meeting of this second spell of racing was held in 1861, although it was not held in the village, but further along the east coast at Holderness. The meeting was deemed a success and racing continued for the next 5 years until a final meeting on Thursday 5th April 1866.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr H Lambert, Mr Champney
Principal Races Patrington Steeplechase

Wednesday 26th March 1845
Patrington Steeplechase over 4 miles
1. Romance, chestnut horse owned by Mr H Lambert
2. Sampson, bay horse owned by Mr Champney
3. General, grey horse owned by Mr Pewson
4. Alice Gray, grey mare owned by Mr G Whitling

The final meeting took place on Thursday 5th April 1866.
Course today Initially across 4 miles of hunting ground on the outskirts of the village, and then at Holderness.
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

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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