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Earliest meeting: Monday 10th April 1843
Final meeting: Monday 10th April 1843
The County Tyrone village of Aughnacloy, situated 12 miles south west of Dungannon, lies close to the County Monaghan border. On Monday 10th April 1843 George Ensor and William Cranston organised a steeplechase meeting on a course about a mile from the village, over grass land and good sporting fences. The card opened with the Auchnacloy Challenge Cup which was gifted to Mr Brydge’s Eggflip by a walk over. The main 2 mile Sweepstake saw Mr White’s Whitelegs get the better of Zealot, although entries for each of the races were disappointing. It is therefore not surprising that there are no records of any further steeplechase meetings being staged in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr George Ensor, Mr William Cranston (Stewards)
Principal Races  Aughnacloy Challenge Cup, Aughnacloy Sweepstake

Monday 10th April 1843
Aughnacloy Sweepstake over 2 miles
1. Whitelegs, bay gelding owned by Mr White
2. Zealot, bay gelding owned by Mr Fivey
3. Eggflip, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Brydge

The final meeting took place on Monday 10th April 1843.
Course today A course about a mile from the village over good grassland and sporting fences.
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

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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