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Earliest meeting: Monday 25th August 1760
Final meeting: Monday 25th March 1845
The County Kildare town of Celbridge, on the River Liffey, first held races in 1760. Results from the meeting held on Monday 25th August were reported in the ‘Historical List of Horse Races & Matches of 1760’ indicating that Mr Forster’s bay colt Promise beat a field of six after two heats, including Mr St Leger’s bay filly. Two years later the meeting had stretched over four days, starting on Tuesday 21st September 1762, when Lord Mount Eagle’s Dove beat Edmond and Bandy to land the 4 year old Stakes. On subsequent days Lady Caroline, Speedwell and Pickpocket won the days feature races. In the middle of the 19th century the races were moved to the Newtown course and in 1844 the Naas Challenge Cup was contested for the first time. The next year, on Monday 25th March 1845, the trophy was won by Mr Mangan’s Switcher, getting the better of Pullaway and Clinker.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Mount Eagle, Colonel Archdale, Captain French, Mr St Leger
Principal Races Weight for age Handicaps, Celbridge 3YO & 4YO Stakes

25th August 1760

Celbridge 4 year old Stakes
1. Promise, bay colt owned by Mr Forster
2. Unnamed bay filly owned by Mr St Leger
3. Unnamed black colt owned by Mr Lilly

Tuesday 21st To Friday 24th September 1762

Celbridge 4 Year Old Stakes over 2 miles
1. Dove owned by Lord Mount Eagle
2. Edmond owned by Mr O’Hara
3. Bandy owned by Mr Mervin

Celbridge Sweepstakes over 2 ¾ miles
1. Lady Caroline owned by Mr Fortescue
2. Mrs Dogherty owned by Captain French
3. Quaker owned by Mr Connelly

Celbridge 3 Year Old Stakes over 4 miles
1. Speedwell owned by Mr Tennison
2. Leveller owned by Mr St Leger
3. Orthodox owned by Mr Forster

Celbridge Weight for Age Handicap
1. Pickpocket owned by Mr Connelly
2. Miss Snap owned by Colonel Archdale
3. Bajazetta owned by Mr Fortescue

Celbridge Purse
1. Lady Caroline owned by Mr Fortescue
2. Passenger owned by Mr Forster
3. Strongbow owned by Mr Connelly

The final meeting took place on Monday 25th March 1845.
Course today On the Newtown course.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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