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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 16th July 1850
Final meeting: Monday 11th August 1856
The small North Yorkshire town of Filey was once a fishing village lying between Scarborough and Bridlington. It was only a small village until the 18th century when tourists arrived at Scarborough in their droves and sought a more peaceful seaside setting down the road in Filey. In the middle of the 19th century the village staged race meetings, beginning with a 2 day meeting on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July 1850. The programme consisted of horse racing on the first day, and horse and boat races on day two. The meeting on Wednesday 24th August 1853 saw the opening Filey Bay Stakes won by Mr Johnson’s Lola Montee. Races continued for the next 3 years, with the last meeting held on the sands on Monday 11th August 1856, and the final Scarborough Stakes won by Alice.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr H Robinson (Steward), Mr R Crowe (Steward)
Principal Races Filey Hurdle, Scarborough Stakes, Filey Bay Stakes

Wednesday 24th August 1853
Scarborough Stakes over 1 mile
1. Trying It On, bay horse owned by Mr Cheek
2. Glimmer, bay filly owned by Mr Bushe
3. Sleight of Hand, bay filly owned by Mr Ringreece

The only recorded meeting took place on Monday 11th August 1856.

Course today On the sands in the seaside town centre.
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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