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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 9th April 1890
Final meeting: Wednesday 22nd June 1892
The County Durham city of Durham and town of Hartlepool, although holding their own race meetings at various times throughout history, jointly organised a steeplechase meeting in 1890. There were two meetings in this year, the first on Wednesday 9th April 1890 and the later one in November 1890, on a course at Stranton Grange near West Hartlepool. At the April meeting the opening West Hartlepool Open Steeplechase was won by Mr W F Charter’s Flower of the Forest, while there was a hollow victory for Pursepond (1/5 favourite) in the South Durham Hunt Steeplechase when he easily beat his only rival Antelope. The meetings continued for just two more years until a final card was staged on Wednesday 22nd June 1892.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr T W Hornby (Secretary), Mr W F Charter

Principal Races Cleveland Open Hunters Chase, South Durham Hunt Steeplechase

Wednesday 9th April 1890
Licensed Victuallers Steeplechase over 2 miles
1. Marske, 6 year old owned by Mr H G Don
2. Adieu, 5 year old owned by Mr W Brown
3. Gentle Annie, aged mare owned by Mr Robinson
Betting: 2/5 Adieu, 4/1 Marske, 8/1 Thalasse, 10/1 Gentle Annie

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd June 1892.
Course today A 2 mile steeplechase course at Stranton Grange, West Hartlepool.
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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