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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 11th April 1865
Final meeting: Wednesday 5th April 1871
The North Yorkshire village of Sheriff Hutton lies in the Ryedale district of the county. It has a rich history and was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book when known as Hotun. The Manor of Sheriff Hutton passed through many hands and, at one stage, was owned by the Bulmer family. Today the village is known for its racing stables, but in the middle of the 19th century it held its own series of race meetings. The inaugural meeting was held at Cow Pastures, just below Sheriff Hutton Castle, on Tuesday 11th April 1865, and it was deemed to be so successful that meetings continued to be held for the next 6 years. The third meeting was staged on Tuesday 2nd April 1867 when the Prince of Wales Stakes went to The Witch and the Princess Alexandra Stakes to Mark Tapley. At the meeting on Tuesday 12th April 1870 The Prince of Wales Stakes over 3 miles, as well as the following Hunters’ Stakes, were won by Maid of the Morning who beat Gamester and Topsy in both races. The final meeting took place on Wednesday 5th April 1871.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Inge, Mr W Ewbank (Steward)
Principal Races Princess Alexandra Stakes, Prince of Wales Stakes

Tuesday 12th April 1870
Princess Alexandra Stakes over 1 mile
1. Di Spanker, chestnut filly owned by Mr Adams
2. Merry Maid, 5 year old owned by Mr Bradley
3. Cottage Buck, aged horse owned by Mr Kendall
Betting: 5/2 Merry Maid, 3/1 Cottage Buck, 3/1 Di Spanker

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 5th April 1871.

Course today On Cow Pastures just below The 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

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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