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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 20th March 1861
Final meeting: Wednesday 20th March 1861
The East Riding of Yorkshire village of Skirlaugh lies in the Holderness district of the county. It is located just 7 miles north east of Hull and once had its own railway station on the Hull and Hornsea line. Prior to the railway opening in 1864 the village held its own race meeting which took place on Wednesday 20th March 1861. The course was across four miles of fields on the outer edge of the village and the card opened with the Hunters’ Stakes over 4 miles which saw Fred, owned by Mr Harland, get the better of Mr Nicholson’s Sharper. The feature, concluding race of the day was the Skirlaugh Stakes over 3 miles which went to Wild Drake. Despite the large crowd and obvious success of the event, no further meetings were recorded.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr W Young, Mr H Wilson & Mr A Smith (Stewards)
Principal Races Skirlaugh Stakes, Hunters’ Stakes

Wednesday 20th March 1861
Skirlaugh Stakes over 3 miles
1. Wild Drake, aged horse owned by Mr A Smith
2. Holmprea, aged horse owned by Mr Harland
3. Miss Longworth, aged mare owned by Mr Roydhouse

The only recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 20th March 1861.

Course today A 4 mile course of fair hunting ground on the outer 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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