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Earliest meeting: Monday 25th May 1752
Final meeting: Wednesday 4th June 1787
Today Cleveland, coupled with Redcar, is a unitary authority in North Yorkshire, but until 1st April 1996 Cleveland was a county in its own right, while in the 18th century Cleveland was in the county of Durham and had its own racecourse. Although the racecourse never reached the same heights its near neighbour Redcar enjoys to this day, races did take place in Cleveland up to 1787. The final meeting was held on Wednesday 4th June 1787. Much earlier the Racing Calendar of 1752 detailed a 3 day meeting in May when a certain Bobby Shaftoe’s horse Young Badger won the £50 Stakes. By 1753 the Racing Calendar was reporting on a meeting taking place at Stokesley, near Cleveland, on Monday 9th July 1753 for a Fifty Pounds Purse..

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, Colonel Lampton, Bobby Shaftoe
Principal Races Cleveland £50 Purse

Monday 25th May - Wednesday 27th May 1752

Monday 25th May 1752 Stokesley Fifty Pounds Prize
1. Oralana owned by Colonel Lampton
2. Creeping Jane owned by Mr White
3. Bonny Lass owned by Mr Forester
4. Hair Brain owned by Mr Snowden

Wednesday 27th May 1752 Cleveland Fifty Pounds Stakes
1. Young Badger owned by Mr Shaftoe
2. Antelope owned by Sir Marmaduke Wyvill
3. Young Forester owned by Mr Sedgwick
4. Milk Maid owned by Mr Forster
5. Cotton Velvet owned by Mr Lonsdale
6. Sampson owned by Mr Hall
7. Leap Well owned by Mr Harrison

Wednesday 11th July 1753

Wednesday 11th July 1753 Stokesley/Cleveland £50 Purse
1. Steady owned by Mr Tilly
2. Lady Thigh owned by Mr Parker
3. Blazellus owned by Mr Clifton

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 4th June 1787.
Course today On the edge of Cleveland towards Stokesley.
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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