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Earliest meeting: Friday 25th October 1751
Final meeting: Saturday 26th October 1751
In 1751 Thoresby Hall in Budby, Nottinghamshire was owned by Evelyn Pierrepont the Second Duke of Kingston upon Hull. He had inherited the Hall and Estate from his grandfather in 1726 and some 25 years later he held races at Thoresby Park. It was a 2 day meeting held in October 1751 and on the first day, Friday 25th October, the Purse was won by Captain Monson’s Batchelor, while a competition Give and Take Handicap was staged on Saturday 26th October 1751 with the Duke of Kingston’s Squib getting the upper hand over the selections of Rober Viner and Lord Robert Sutton. There is no further evidence of organised meetings taking place on Thoresby Park at a future date.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Kingston, Lord Robert Sutton, Earl of Sandwich, Captain Monson
Principal Races Thoresby Fifty Pound Purse, Thoresby Give and Take

Friday 25th - Saturday 26th October 1751

Friday 25th October 1751 Thoresby Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Batchelor owned by Captain Monson
2. Vampire owned by The Earl of Sandwich
3. Squib owned by the Duke of Kingston

Saturday 26th October 1751 Fifty Pounds Give and Take
1. Squib owned by the Duke of Kingston
2. Gelding owned by Robert Viner
3. Black gelding owned by Lord Robert Sutton

The final meeting took place on Saturday 26th October 1751.
Course today On Thoresby Park within the Estate of the Duke of Kingston.
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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