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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 22nd March 1870
Final meeting: Tuesday 28th March 1871
The County Durham market town of Stockton, on the River Tees, can trace its history back to Anglo-Saxon times; its manor came in to being in 1138. Over 700 years later it was the area chosen by the South Stockton Hunt for their series of race meetings under rules in the latter part of the 1800s. The first meeting took place on Tuesday 22nd March 1870 at the Garbutt’s Estate near Mandale. The Open Hunters’ Steeplechase over 3 miles was won by Mr W Cowan’s Whitesocks, beating Maid of the Morning and Carbineer. The Hunters’ Stakes went to Philippa, while Rosedale later won the Selling Steeplechase for Mr Lucas. A  final card was staged the next year on Tuesday 28th May 1871 when the Open Hunters’ Steeplechase saw Mr Applegarth’s 4/5 favourite Carbineer defeat Maid of the Morning. While races continued to be staged at Stockton and Teesside Park, there are no further records of South Stockton Steeplechase meetings.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr John Sutton, Mr A L Maynard, Mr John Mewburn (Stewards)
Principal Races Stockton Open Hunters’ Steeplechase, Stockton Selling Chase

Tuesday 22nd March 1870
South Stockton Hunters’ Stakes over 3 miles
1. Philippa, aged horse owned by Mr T Walker
2. Spy, 6 year old owned by Mr R Backhouse
3. Lady Lambton, aged mare owned by Mr J Layton

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 28th May 1871.

Course today On the Garbutt’s Estate near Mandale.
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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