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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 23rd April 1844
Final meeting: Friday 27th March 1846
The County Durham area of Raby is dominated by Raby Castle which was built around 1367 by the Third Baron Neville de Raby. The Castle has, at various times, been owned by the Earl of Darlington, the Duke of Cleveland and Sir Henry Vane the Elder. The area enjoyed fox hunting, although the Raby Hunt later diversified to organise its own race meetings, beginning on Tuesday 23rd April 1844. The 2 race card featured the Raby Hunt Sweepstake over 3 miles which was won by Mr Mewburn’s Clementina, triumphing over a field of nine. The winner’s prize was to donate eight bottles of fine wine to the dinner in the evening, and a further bottle to the judge. The concluding Sweepstake went to Mr Hodgson’s Dandy, and he also had to donate 4 bottles of wine. The final meeting organised by the Hunt Committee under rules was on Friday 27th March 1846.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Raby Hunt Committee
Principal Races Raby Hunt Sweepstakes

Tuesday 23rd April 1844
Raby Hunt Sweepstake over 3 miles
1. Clemtina, grey mare owned by Mr Mewburn
2. Safeguard, grey colt owned by Mr Applegarth
3. Donald Caird, brown gelding owned by Mr Teale

The only recorded meeting took place on Friday 27th March 1846.

Course today In fields in the vicinity of Raby Castle.
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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