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Earliest Meeting: Monday 4th April 1864
Final Meeting: Monday 4th April 1864
The large North Yorkshire village of Terrington lies in the Ryedale district of the county, some 4 miles west of the racing town of Malton. It has a rich history, being mentioned in the Domesday Book when known as Teurintone. Although it is clear that race meetings were staged prior to 1864, the only record of results from Terrington races was from the meeting held on Monday 4th April 1864. Unfortunately attendance at the meeting suffered owing to a clash with the nearby York Steeplechase meeting. However, the Howard Stakes, over a mile and a half, was won by Mr Cooper’s brown gelding Little Fred, winning both heats from Maid of Thirsk and Easthorpe Lass. The Rifle Stakes, over 1 ¼ miles, followed and saw Mr Rudson’s Polly awarded the race when Miss Dora, who won both heats with ease, was disqualified because she was not owned by a rifleman. Two minor races concluded the programme; the Park Stakes was won by Rose, owned by Mr Wood, beating Ratcliffe Lass, Nancy and Butcher Lass, while the Innkeeper’s Plate saw Polly beat Stittenham and Butcher Lass.

Local Patrons Mr Cooper, Mr Rudson
Principal Races Howard Stakes, Rifle Stakes

Howard Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Little Fred, brown gelding owned by Mr Cooper and ridden by P Smith 1 1
2. Easthorpe Lass, bay mare owned by Mr Bradshaw and ridden by C Rutter 3 2
3. Maid of Thirsk, brown mare owned by Mr Crosby and ridden by R Revis 2 0

Rifle Stakes over 1 ¼ miles
1. Polly, bay mare owned by Mr Rudson and ridden by P Smith
2. Easthorpe Lass, bay mare owned by Mr Bradshaw and ridden by C Rutter
Disq. Miss Dora, bay mare owned by Mr Harrison and ridden by Smith

Earlier the village had held greyhound races on Tuesday 1st December 1863 when Mr R Boulton acted as judge.

The final meeting took place on Monday 4th April 1864.
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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