YARM RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Sunday 11th September 1729
Final meeting: Thursday 3rd October 1751
The Stockton-on-Tees town of Yarm sits on the River Tees and first held racing in 1729. The town is very much on the county border with North Yorkshire and was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. Baily’s Racing Register first provided detailed results from races held at Yarm in 1729 which were run on Yarm Ings, with the meeting being held in September. Its meetings were graced by very distinguished company, including Bobby Shaftoe, made famous in song. The final meeting was held on Thursday 3rd October 1751.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Bolton, Sir William Middleton, Bobby Shaftoe, William Osbaldeston
Principal Races Yarm 5 Year Old Plate, Yarm 6 Year Old Plate

Sunday 11th September 1729

Yarm £25 Plate for 5 Year Olds
1. Moor Hen owned by The Duke of Bolton
2. Miss Stephenson owned by Mr Stephenson

Yarm £30 Plate for 6 Year Olds
1. Whitefoot owned by Mr Bowes
The Bay horse beat a field of 3 others but no further details were provided.

Tuesday 1st - Thursday 3rd October 1751

Tuesday 1st October 1751 Yarm Fifty Pounds Purse over 2 miles
1. Taylors Thimble owned by Cuthbert Routh
2. Victim owned by Robert Shaftoe
3. Sedbury owned by Mr Key
4. Leveret owned by Mr Croft
5. Miss Badger owned by Mr Robson
5. Maidenhead owned by Mr Rake

Wednesday 2nd October 1751 Yarm Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Tripping Nancy owned by Mr Bracken
2. Nettle owned by Mr Cowling
3. Drive Away owned by Mr Moorhouse
4. Clegg owned by Mr Coulson
5. Sutty Dan owned by Mr Wray

Thursday 3rd October 1751 Yarm Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Camilla owned by Sir William Middleton
2. Tinker owned by William Osbaldeston
3. Sampson Crusoe owned by George Spearman

The final meeting took place on Thursday 3rd October 1751.
Course today On the outskirts of the town on Yarm Ings.
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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