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Earliest meeting: Friday 31st October 1845
Final meeting: Friday 31st October 1845
The county Durham town of Egglestone, near Staindrop, held its own race meeting on Friday 31st October 1845 with entries made at the Queen’s Head Inn at Staindrop the day before. The course was laid out in fields across good hunting ground on the edge of the town and the card opened with the Egglestone Steeplechase which was won cleverly by Father Mathew. The Tally-Ho Chase over 3 miles saw Mr Cookson’s Snipe beat Clementina and Bachelor, while the Scurry Stakes over a mile was won by Maid of Auckland for Mr Robson, getting the better of Is it Me That’s Wanted. There is no further record of racing taking place in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Cookson, Mr Robson, Mr Stockdale.
Principal Races Egglestone Steeplechase Stakes, Tally-Ho Chase, Scurry Stakes, Scramble Stakes

Friday 31st October 1845
Egglestone Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Father Mathew, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Smith
2. Saltator, black gelding owned by Mr Hobson
3. Ariel, bay gelding owned by Mr Stockdale

The final meeting took place on Friday 31st October 1845
Course today Across 3 miles of good hunting ground on the edge of the town.
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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