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Earliest meeting: Monday 25th October 1762
Final meeting: Friday 29th October 1762
The County Laois town of Portarlington, on the River Barrow, is also called Cooletoodera and is located just inside the County Laois border. One of the first Stewards of Irish racing was the Earl of Portarlington, and the earliest occasion when racing was recorded in the town was a full five day meeting from Monday 25th to Friday 29th October 1762. On the opening day the 4 year old Stakes over 2 miles was won by Mr Heely’s Fanny, and he seemed to have an obsession with sexual inuendos because he also won the Purse with Sweetest When Naked. Later in the racing festival the 5 year old Stakes, over an extra mile, went to Mr Tenyn’s Speedwell who got the better of Mr St Leger’s Gallant. Despite the obvious success of the festival there are no records of further racing in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Mount Eagle, Mr St Leger
Principal Races Portarlington 4YO & 5YO Stakes

Monday 25th to Friday 29th October 1762

Portarlington 4 Year Old Stakes over 2 miles
1. Fanny owned by Mr Heeley
2. Unnamed filly owned by Mr Reyan
3. Dove owned by Lord Mount Eagle

Portarlington 5 Year Old Stakes over 3 miles
1. Speedwell owned by Mr Tenyns
2. Gallant owned by Mr St Leger

The final meeting took place on Friday 29th October 1762.
Course today On the estate on the edge of town.
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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