STAGSHAW BANK RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: April 1856
Final meeting: Wednesday 22nd April 1868
The Northumberland area of Stagshaw Bank, to the north of Corbridge, was the home of Tynedale Hunt. The Hunt was established in 1839 and by the mid-1800s was organising its own race meetings. The first meeting took place in April 1856 at Hexham and was so successful that further meetings were held for the next 12 years, until a final card was staged on Wednesday 22nd April 1868. This final meeting was described as being ‘under the patronage of the gentry of the district’ and was spoiled by fog and incessant rain, although it did not deter a large crowd from assembling at the course on the edge of Stagshaw Bank. The Hunters Stakes, over 2 miles, was won by The Tyke for Mr H Greet, justifying odds of 2/1 On. The Selling Stake Steeplechase Plate over 3 miles went to The Clown, also owned by Mr Greet. The feature race, the Tynedale Hunt Chase saw a good tussle between Harkaway and Once More, with the former prevailing.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Major Bell, Mr L H Allgoed (Stewards)
Principal Races Tynedale Hunt Steeplechase, Hunters Stakes

Wednesday 22nd April 1868
Tynedale Hunt Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Harkaway, aged horse owned by Mr W Lambert
2. Once More, aged horse owned by Mr W Lambert
3. Banker, aged horse owned by Mr H B Davidson

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd April 1868.

Course today Good hunting ground on the edge of Stagshaw Bank.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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