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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 26th December 1865
Final meeting: Tuesday 27th October 1903
The small county Clare town of Sixmilebridge shares a parish with the village of Kilmurry and first staged a race meeting on St Stephen’s Day 1865. The event was held on the Caherumore course owned by Mr O’Halloran, opening with the Hunter’s Plate over 3 miles of the steeplechase course. It attracted a good field in which Mr Brady’s Unknown Girl defeated Lady of the Lake and Firefly. The feature race, the Sixmilebridge Plate over the 2 mile flat course, was restricted to gentlemen riders and went to Mr Howard’s Escape; the meeting concluded with the Consolation Stakes which was won by Mr O’Halloran’s Lady of the Lake. Meetings continued intermittently for almost 40 years until a final meeting took place on Tuesday 27th October 1903.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr O’Halloran
Principal Races Sixmilebridge Plate, Hunters Plate

Tuesday 26th December 1865
Sixmilebridge Plate over 2 miles
1. Escape, grey mare owned by Mr Howard
2. Billy the Bean, bay horse owned by Mr Russell
3. The Witch, bay mare owned by Mr P Eyre

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 27th October 1903.
Course today On the Caherumore course in the vicinity of Sixmilebridge.
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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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