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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 10th October 1837
Final meeting: Monday 25th March 1839
Allesley is a civil parish some 3 miles north west of the city of Coventry. The suburbs of Ashley Park and Ashley Green today are on the outskirts of the city, but in a much earlier time Ashley Park was a deer park laid out by Henry de Hastings in the 13th century. The village was known to have held a variety of races; the first meeting under rules took place in the Park on Tuesday 10th October 1837. There was a further meeting on Monday 25th March 1839 when the 14th Light Dragoon Steeplechase was won by Mr Dawson’s Humbug, defeating Mr Rich’s Terry O’Rigan and Mr Boucherett’s Flambeau. Later newspaper reports indicated races were held as part of the Statutes week on Tuesday 8th October 1850, while on 3rd August 1899 Hurdle and Obstacle races were held in the Park at Hollyberry Hall.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons 17th Lancers
Principal Races Allesley Purse, Allesley 20 Guineas Chase

Tuesday 10th October 1837
Allesley 20 Guineas Steeplechase
1. Unnamed bay horse ridden by Cornet O’Callaghan of 17th Lancers
2. Unnamed horse ridden by Cornet Wareup of 17th Lancers

Racing took place in Allesley, with the final meeting taking place on 25th March 1839.
Course today Allesley Park
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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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