ROBETTOWN RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 15th June 1825
Final meeting: Thursday 25th June 1857
The tiny village of Roberttown, in West Yorkshire, is joined with Liversedge in Kirklees. Despite its small size the village held its own race meetings for a prolonged period between 1825 and 1857. The earliest record of a 3 day meeting was from Wednesday 15th and Friday 17th June 1825 when the card opened with a 2 mile Sweepstake which was won by Cock Robin for Mr Ridsdale. On the final day a 3 mile Sweepstake saw Mr Barrow’s Alecto get the better of Mr Harrison’s Hard Bargain. The course was on the outskirts of Robert-Town towards Liversedge and had to cross the main highway in some races, which was to cause a problem some years later. Meetings were held frequently, with entries made at the Ratcliffe Arms Inn owned by Mr W Hutchinson. At the 3 day meeting from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st June 1851 the opening Innkeeper’s Purse was won by Mr Matson’s Sally Day, while the Liversedge Stakes fell to Mr Pawson’s Nancy, but the highlight of the meeting was the grandly titled Great Yorkshire Handicap which was won by Sally Day. The final 3 day meeting was took place from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th June 1857 and ended in a court room. The 3 jockeys William Middleton, William Lomax and James Beaumont were charged with riding furiously over the public highway during Robert-Town races and were found guilty. It signalled the end of racing in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Middleton, Mr Robinson, Mr Hirst (Stewards)
Principal Races Great Yorkshire Handicap, Innkeepers Purse, Liversedge Stakes

Friday 20th June 1851
Great Yorkshire Handicap
1. Sally Day, brown mare owned by Mr Matson
2. Nancy, brown mare owned by Mr Pawson
3. Durinday, bay horse owned by Mr Brown

The final meeting took place on Thursday 25th June 1857.

Course today On the outskirts of Robert-Town, crossing the public highway towards Liversedge.
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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