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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 6th May 1755
Final meeting: Saturday 7th September 1793
The Welsh market town of Conwy, known in England as Conway, lies on the River Conwy in Clwyd. The earliest record of races taking place in this Welsh town was on Tuesday 6th May 1755 when the ‘Historical List of Races’ mentioned the two day meeting. Races took place on Conway Marsh and entries were made at the Bulls Head in Conway. For the two day meeting on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August 1775 there was a stipulation that certificates of ages of the horses were required before entries could be accepted. The 1776 meeting consisted of a number of matches, while a full programme was offered the next year. At the meeting on Thursday 25th August 1789 the Prince of Wales Plate was a hotly contested event in which Mr R Collins’s Evergreen just got the better of Amadis. The final meeting took place on Saturday 7th September 1793.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Lord Grosvenor, Sir H Williams

Principal Races Prince of Wales’ Plate, Subscription Purse, Hunters Sweepstakes
Tuesday 6th - Wednesday 7th May 1755

Tuesday 6th May 1755 Conway Fifty Pounds Hunters Purse
1. Young Billy owned by Mr Maurice
2. Miss Nightingale owned by Mr Wynn
3. Agonisles owned by Mr Swift

Wednesday 7th May 1755 Conway Subscription Purse
1. Bauble owned by Mr Davis
2. Grey owned by Mr Lloyd
3. Lady Legs owned by Mr Maurice
4. Mad Cap owned by Mr Peter Maurice

Wednesday 6th - Thursday 7th October 1756

Wednesday 6th October 1756 Conway Hunters Purse
1. Billy owned by Mr Maurice
2. Agonisles owned by Mr Lewis
3. Gratis owned by Mr Loyd

Thursday 7th October 1756 Conway Purse
1. Rib owned by Mr Williams
2. Homesly owned by Mr Neadon
3. Osinin owned by Mr Smith
4. Harlequin owned by Mr Middleton

Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd August 1782

Conway 2 mile Plate
1. Druggist owned by Mr Lloyd
2. Volanti owned by Mr Hall
Amazingly the winner was 20/1 on.

Conway Hunters Sweepstakes over 2 miles
1. Yellow Dick owned by Mr B Lloyd
2. Doe owned by Sir H Williams

Thursday 25th August 1789
 Prince of Wales’ Plate
1. Evergreen, bay colt owned by Mr R Collins
2. Amadis, bay colt owned by Lord Grosvenor
3. Ranunculus, chestnut horse owned by Mr Dennis

The final meeting took place on 7th September 1793
Course today On Conway Marsh
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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