TREMADOG RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 9th September 1807
Final meeting: Thursday 19th September 1811
The Welsh village of Tremadog was formerly known as Tremadoc, and lies in Gwynedd in the north of the country. The village was the brainchild of William Maddocks in around 1800. He purchased the necessary land in 1798 and the settlement developed over the next 13 years, being completed in 1811. It was a busy period in the village’s history, yet it was forward thinking and held its own race meetings at the same time as the village was developing. The first 3 day meeting was held from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th September 1807 when the opening Sweepstake over 2 miles was won by Mr F R Price’s Farce. Later in the meeting the concluding Snowden Welter Stakes went to racing fanatic Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s Beningsen. Such was the popularity of the races that meetings were held for each of the next 4 years. The 3 day meeting from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th August 1810 saw the Tremadoc 60 Guineas Purse fall to Sir W W Wynn’s chestnut horse, defeating his more fancied rival, Mr Teazle, owned by Sir T Mostyn. The final three day meeting took place from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th September 1811, offering a very full and varied programme. The opening day began with a 2 mile Match in which Mr W Maddock’s Hylas beat Sir W Wynn’s May-Flower, after which the Gentlemen’s Purse went to Mr Shawe’s Hambleton Jack. The first day concluded with the Traeth Mawr Maiden Stakes over 2 mile heats, when Mr Maddock’s Lady of the Lake required three heats before claiming the 10 Guineas Purse at the expense of Mr Bailey’s Negro Lass. On Wednesday the Snowden Welter Stakes went to Mr Maddock’s Brown Bess, the Tre-Madoc Cup and Steward’s Plate was won by Mr Shawe’s Hambleton Jack, and the 50 Guineas Match to Mr Lucas’s Leader. The final day of racing, Thursday 19th September, began with the Tanyralt Stakes which was won by Sir W Wynn’s May-Flower, the Vron Iw Stakes went to Mr Burgh’s Strideaway, and the concluding Handicap to Mr J Maddock’s Hylas.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons William Maddocks, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Sir T Mostyn
Principal Races Tremadoc Stewards Silver Cup, Snowden Welter Stakes

Tuesday 7th August 1810
Tremadoc Stewards Silver Cup over 2 miles
1. Artichoke, aged mare owned by Sir T Mostyn
2. Forest Lady, 3 year old owned by Mr Fletcher
3. Unnamed 3 year old owned by Mr Owen

The final meeting took place on Thursday 19th September 1811.
Course today In the grounds of the Maddocks Arms where entries were also made.
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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