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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 11th September 1822
Final meeting: Tuesday 18th March 1851

Ashbourne enjoys a unique position in the Derbyshire Dales, on the southern edge of the Peak District; it is known both as the ‘Gateway to Dovedale’ and the ‘Gateway to the Peak District’. Surrounded by glorious open countryside, it is the obvious place for hunting, the Ashbourne Hunt having a long history. The town was granted a market charter in 1257 and it is in the market place that the huntsmen still congregate for their traditional Boxing Day meet each year, although it is now a human being who scents the trail. Back in 1822 the Ashbourne Hunt Group diversified from hunting and organised a race meeting on Wednesday 11th September 1822. The meeting took place over 3 miles of fair hunting ground on the outskirts of the town and offered a 2 race card. The concluding Sweepstake was won by Mr Josslyn’s Ladybird, but the feature Hunt Stakes went to Tallyho. It was a further 29 years before results from the final meeting at Ashbourne were reported. That meeting took place on Tuesday 18th March 1851.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Captain Glossop

Principal Races

Ashbourne Hunt Stakes, Ashbourne Sweepstake

Wednesday 11th September 1822
The Palace Handicap over 2 miles
1. Tallyho, aged horse owned by Mr Howorth
2. Corinthian, aged horse owned by Captain Glossop
3. Jupiter, aged horse owned by Mr L Forth

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th March 1851
Course today Over 3 miles of fair hunting ground on the outskirts of the town.
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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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