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Earliest meeting:Wednesday 3rd April 1840
Final meeting: Wednesday 3rd April 1840
The North Yorkshire village of Scruton is 5 miles West of Northallerton in the Hambleton area of Yorkshire and held its own solitary race meeting on Wednesday 3rd April 1840. The two race programme opened with the Scruton sweepstakes which went to the apporiately named Scruton Lass, and closed with the Purse of Gold Hurdle which was won by Mr Busby’s Starch. The meeting was well attended but there is no further record of future meetings taking place.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr W Busby, Mr J Little
Principal Races Scruton Purse of Gold Sweepstakes, Scruton Purse of Gold Hurdle

Wednesday 3rd April 1840

Scruton Purse of Gold Sweepstakes
1. Scruton Lass owned by Mr J Little
2. Rattler owned by Mr Hedley
3. Atalanta owned by Mr Busby

Scruton Purse of Gold Hurdle
1. Starch owned by Mr W Busby
2. Unnamed colt by Physician owned by Mr Smith
3. Unnamed mare owned by Mr Smith

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 3rd April 1840.
Course today In fields on the edge of 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

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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