PIGBURN (PICKBURN) RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Monday 9th October 1837
Final meeting: Monday 9th October 1848
The Yorkshire village of Pickburn (Pigburn) is in the Brodsworth parish of the county, close to Doncaster. In the middle of the 19th century it was the training establishment of Bill Scott, and on his training ground was a racecourse. It first staged a race meeting to which the public were invited on Monday 9th October 1837, and races continued to be supported for the next 11 years. The meeting on Monday 10th October 1842 opened with a Match in which Henry Mann’s Miss Bentley got the better of Jerry Hawthorn for Mr Armstrong. The principal Pigburn Cup was won by Physician, while the closing Selling Stakes saw Henry Mann’s The Turf beat The Shadow and Balloon. A two day meeting took place on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October 1845 when the opening Trial Stakes went to Chatsworth Lass owned by Henry Mann, while the Pigburn St Leger for 3 year olds was won by Mr J Ramsbottom’s Dudu, defeating Economy and Maid of all Work. Meetings continued for 3 more years until a final card was organised on Monday 9th October 1848.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Henry Mann, Mr Joseph Vickers, Mr Tilburn (Stewards)
Principal Races Pigburn Cup, Pigburn St Leger, Pirburn Trial Stakes

Monday 10th October 1842
Pigburn Cup over 1 ¼ miles
1. Physician, bay horse owned by Mr Hickson
2. Chance, bay colt owned by Mr Moorhouse
3. The Shadow, chestnut mare owned by Mr Pearson

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Monday 9th October 1848.
Course today On the training ground of Bill Scott in the village.
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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