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Earliest meeting: Thursday 8th April 1852
Final meeting: Thursday 8th April 1852
The small Cumbrian village of Westlinton, close to the River Lyne, is located 5 miles north of Carlisle. On Thursday 8th April 1852 it played host to the Carlisle and Cumberland Steeplechases under the stewardship of Mr M B Harrison and Mr W R Carruthers. The card opened with the 3 mile Handicap Steeplechase which went to Mr J Laing’s Pride of the North, while the Border Open Selling Stakes was won by Mr J Lamplugh’s Falcon. The feature Carlisle Stakes, over 3 miles, was won easily by Black Diamond who made all for Mr Dicke.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr M B Harrison, Mr W R Carruthers (Stewards)
Principal Races Westlinton Handicap Steeplechase, Carlisle Stakes

Thursday 8th April 1852
Carlisle Stakes over 3 miles
1. Black Diamond, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Dicke
2. Pantaloon, brown gelding owned by Mr Webster
3. Queen of the Vale, bay mare owned by Mr Birch

The final meeting took place on Thursday 8th April 1852.
Course today Across 3 miles of good hunting ground on the edge of the village.
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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