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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 3rd August 1819
Final meeting: Wednesday 14th August 1822
The Dumfries and Galloway town of Stranraer lies on the shores of Loch Ryan and is the second largest town in the county. There was racing at nearby Leafield in 1853, but Stranraer held its own race meetings which began with a 3 day meeting from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th August 1819. The principal race was the Gold Cup which went to Lord Eglinton’s Monreith, while the £50 Purse on day two went to Nell Meldon, owned by Sir W Maxwell. The meeting was so successful it was held again for each of the next 3 years. The second year event took place on Tuesday 1st and Thursday 3rd August 1820, opening with the Stranraer Gold Cup over 2 miles which went to Mr Oswald’s Archibald, defeating Monreith and Sir W Maxwell’s highly fancied five year old Charley Shavy. On the same card the County Members’ Plate over 3 miles, worth 50 Guineas, was won by Colonel Blair’s Anastasius, beating Nell Meldon and Brown Teapot. After the traditional day off for hunting the meeting concluded on Thursday with the Stranraer Plate when Colonel Blair’s Anastasius beat Charley Shavy. The final meeting took place on Wednesday 14th August 1822 when a disappointing card contained a walk over for the Gold Cup for Sir W Maxwell’s Jock the Laird’s Brother, and a small entry for the concluding £50 Purse which was won by Monreith owned by Sir W Maxwell.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Queensberry, Sir W Maxwell, Sir J Dalzell
Principal Races Stranraer Gold Cup

Tuesday 3rd August 1819
Stranraer Gold Cup over 2 miles
1. Monrieth, bay gelding owned by Lord Eglinton
2. Nell Meldon, grey mare owned by Sir W Maxwell
3. Stamford, bay colt owned by Mr J H Blair

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 14th August 1822.
Course today In meadowland on the outer edge of the town.
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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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