WILMSLOW RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 5th September 1838
Final meeting: Thursday 5th September 1872
The Cheshire town of Wilmslow, South of Manchester and close to Alderley Edge, first held races on Linda Common on Wednesday 5th September 1838. The Town Plate over 2 miles was won by The Lady, for Mr Hodgson, who defeated Little john and Blessington, although Blessington gained her revenge in the Innkeepers Plate later in the day. However, it was to be a further 18 years before racing returned to the town for a prolonged spell of racing each September from 1856 to 1872. A 3 day meeting took place from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th September 1856 when the prestigious Wilmslow Cup was won by Mr Hurst’s Posy, and the same horse won the Innkeepers Handicap the next day. A two day meeting was staged on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th September 1866 and proved to be very good for Mr Tom Smith who won the Innkeepers Handicap on day one and followed up by landing the Trafford Park Stakes on the second day with Dermot Asthore. The final meeting took place on Thursday 5th September 1872.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Turner, Lieutenant Higson, Mr John Adkinson (Steward)
Principal Races Macclesfield Plate, Trafford Park Handicap, Wilmslow Innkeepers Handicap

Tuesday 2nd September 1856
Wilmslow Cup over 1 ½ miles
1. Posy, brown mare owned by Mr Hurst
2. Miss Hatch, brown mare owned by Mr Rickards
3. Betsy B, chestnut filly owned by Mr Carr

Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th September 1866

The Wilmslow Innkeepers Handicap over 1 ½ miles
1. Dermot Asthore owned by Mr T Smith
2. Havannah owned by Mr Rickards
3. Jessie owned by Captain Turner

The Macclesfield Plate over a mile
1. Marmion owned by Captain Turner
2. King Charming owned by Lieutenant Higson
3. Nidderdale owned by Mr Dimmock

The Trafford Park Handicap over 1 ¼ miles
1. Dermot Asthore owned by Mr T Smith
2. East Stanley owned by Mr Turner
3. War Whoop owned by Mr Jones

The final meeting took place on Thursday 5th September 1872.
Course today On Linda Common.
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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