TEESSIDE PARK RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Saturday 25th March 1967
Final meeting: Thursday 8th November 1979
The first recorded meeting in the County Durham town of Stockton was at The Carrs in 1724. From that date to the final closing of the course in 1981 the names have interchanged between Teesside Park and Stockton Racecourse. Teesside Park racecourse was situated at Mandale Bottom Marshes and races were first billed as ‘Teesside Park Races’ on Saturday 25th March 1967. The 1 ¾ mile course enjoyed two grandstands and at the inaugural meeting the opening Carlton Stakes was won by Hodhard ridden by northern specialist Brian Connorton. It looked as though the course had a future when the National Hunt course was opened on Saturday 14th October 1967 by the Duchess of Kent. The euphoria was short-lived because the weather that winter was some of the worst in living memory, with racing cancelled for 6 weeks. While the northern racing fanatics were enjoying their National Hunt racing, crowds at Flat meetings decreased so much that Teesside began cancelling valuable slots it had been allocated in the racing calendar. The meetings continued to be known as Teesside for 12 years until a final card on Thursday 8th November 1979, whence it reverted to Stockton Races for its final 2 years of existence. After racing under rules had ceased the track was used by the South Durham, Hurworth and Cleveland Hunt Groups in 1985 and 1986 when, once again, the Teesside name was used.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Duchess of Kent, Lord Surrey, Sir Thomas Dundas, General Lambton, Sir R Winn

Principal Races Great Teesside Handicap Chase

Wednesday 11th September to Friday 13th September 1782

Stockton 10 Guineas Sweepstake over 2 miles
1. Mayfly owned by Sir Thomas Dundas
2. Priscilla owned by Mr Sleigh
3. Unnamed colt by Goldfinder owned by General Lambton
The winner was 2/5 favourite and wore White with Scarlet spots.

Saturday 9th February 1974
Great Teesside Handicap Chase
1. Interview II
2. Dorlesa ridden by Michael Dickenson

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 16th June 1981.
Course today

A 1 ¾ mile course on Mandale Bottom Marsh.

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

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

Club Stand 1934 1944 1955
1959 1962 1964 1965
1965 1967 1967 1968
1970 1971 1971 1972
1972 1973 1974 1975
1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1981  

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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