Accra 1959.JPG (11985 bytes) ACCRA RACECOURSE

Accra 1957L.JPG (6582 bytes)

Accra 1961s.JPG (14268 bytes)
Accra Racecourse was situated in the capital of Ghana and has witnessed racing since the mid to late 1800's. A proposal to replace the long standing course with a modern one struggled to be accepted, although the plans were to build an International hotel on the site. Proceedings came to an abrupt halt when the old racecourse was demolished in late July 2008.
Accra 1951L.JPG (13366 bytes) It is widely reported that racing was first held in Ghana as early as 1876, when the races were organised by the British Military Officers.

Accra 1956L.JPG (5740 bytes)

Accra 1955g.JPG (5494 bytes)
The Accra Turf Club was founded in 1923 and organised racing in the country up to the present.
Accra 1955L.JPG (5917 bytes) The principal race at the track was the Ghanaian Derby, The Guiness National Challenge Gold Cup. The 2001 winner of the event was Sand Ring, while in 2002 One Step Ahead proved more than a match for his competitors. The Gold Cup was first run in 1892 when Tettel proved triumphant in the colours of T P Bruces. However, it was to be 1964 before the National Challenge Cup was launched, with Far Away winning the inaugural event. Accra 1957g.JPG (5715 bytes)
Accra 1960L.JPG (14202 bytes) Accra 1958p.JPG (11239 bytes) Accra 1961.JPG (6552 bytes)

I am grateful to Nigel Poole for the scans shown below. He offers them for sale at £150 and can be contacted at

if interested.

If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email