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Earliest meeting: Monday 11th August 1873
Final meeting: Thursday 9th August 1888
The Northumberland village of Shilbottle lies just 3 miles south east of Alnwick and 5 miles from the coastal port of Alnmouth.  The village enjoys a strategically important position close to the A1 road and benefitted from the mining industry which began mining in 1728. In the latter part of the 1800s the village held its own series of race meetings, beginning on Monday 11th August 1873 on Din Moor. Meetings were well-supported and in August 1876 the feature Shilbottle Cup and the Alnwick Hunt Cup were both won by Mr Taylor’s Vanquisher, defeating Dolgelly in the former and Chieftan in the latter. Meetings continued to be held annually and the 1885 races were staged on Monday 10th August 1885 on a course on the Whittle Estate owned by Mr T Clutterbuck of Warkworth. The Shilbottle Hunt Cup over 1 ½ miles was won by Loonie, owned by Mr Robertson, beating Ethel and Coquet Lad, while throughout the meeting the Shilbottle Brass Band entertained the large crowd.  The final meeting took place on Thursday 9th August 1888, the end being brought about because too much was asked of race sponsors, causing their interest and support to fade.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr R Archbold (Steward), Mr R Coxon (Starter)
Principal Races Shilbottle Hunt Cup, Alnwick Hunt Cup

Monday 10th August 1885
Alnwick Hunt Cup over 1 ½ miles
1. Little Duchess, 5 year old owned by Mr Campbell
2. Pickles, aged horse owned by Mr W Wood
3. Killingworth Lad, aged horse owned by Mr Wilson
Betting: 1/3 Little Duchess. 4/1 Pickles, 7/1 Killingworth Lad

The final meeting took place on Thursday 9th August 1888.

Course today Initially on Din Moor and then on the Whittle Estate on the outskirts of the village.
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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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