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Earliest meeting: Thursday 15th May 1856
Final meeting: Wednesday 21st April 1869
The small East Riding of Yorkshire village of Brandesburton is situated just 14 kilometres north-east of Beverley and, along with the hamlets of Burshill and Hempholme, form the civil parish of Brandesburton. The village once held a series of race meetings, beginning in 1856, although they were never as famous or as well attended as the nearby minster town of Beverley. Entries for the meeting on Thursday 15th May 1856 had to be made at the Cross Keys Inn and were restricted to horses within 20 miles of the village which had hunted with the Holderness Hounds. The Hunters Stakes Hurdle was won by Mr J Hopper’s Fairy who got the better of Long-Looked-For and Rejected. The main Steeplechase went to Rejected, while the concluding Scurry Stakes was won by Chance, owned by Mr Rugg and ridden by Stather. The meeting on Wednesday 26th April 1865 took place on a course on the edge of the village which ‘was a well adapted place for trying the capabilities of steeplechasers’, with natural fences comprised of 5 hedges, a ditch and a water jump, with a central hill for ease of viewing. Races continued to be held annually each April for the next 4 years until the final meeting on Wednesday 21st April 1869.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Mr John Charters, Mr Samuel Burkett, Mr J Brighton (Steward)
Principal races Brandesburton Steeplechase, Hunters Stakes Hurdle

Thursday 15th May 1856
Brandesburton Steeplechase over 3 miles B55
1. Rejected, bay gelding owned by Mr S Whiting
2. Chance, black mare owned by Mr Rugg
3. Fair Fanny, bay mare owned by Mr Dales
4. The Swallow, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Pickering
Betting: 6/4 The Swallow, 2/1 Rejected, 3/1 Chance, 3/1 Fair Fanny

Course today A 3 mile course in fields on the edge of the village comprised of 5 hedges, a ditch and a water jump.
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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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