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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 8th July 1761
Final meeting: Saturday 21st July 1764
The small, picturesque village of Foulkesmill is in County Wexford and lies to the south of the county. In the middle of the 18th century the village held its own races on Foulkesmill Downs which were deemed sufficiently important to be included in the ‘Historical List of Horse Races and Matches in 1761’. The earliest 3 day meeting began on Wednesday 8th July 1761 when the Lord Jocelyn owned Pentioner won the Purse. After a days hunting, there was racing on Friday 10th July when Mr Byrne’s selection won the Purse, while the Ladies Plate was contested on Saturday 11th July with Creeper gaining the upper hand for Mr Conraby. Three years later an extended meeting stretched over 5 days from Tuesday 17th July to Saturday 21st July 1764. The 4 year old race on day one went to Mr Dillon’s Plaze, while Brisk won the Give and Take Handicap for Mr Higgins the next day. The extended meeting closed on Saturday with victory for Mr Gyles’s Screeching Kate who beat White Legs. No further race meetings in the village were widely reported.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Jocelyn
Principal Races Foulkesmill Hunters’ Stakes, Foulkesmill Give & Take, Purses & Ladies Plates

8th July 1761

Fawke-Mill (sic) Purse
1. Pentioner, horse owned by Lord Jocelyn
Beat 2 others

10th July 1761

Foulkesmill Purse
1. Unnamed bay mare owned by Mr Byrne
Beat 6 others

11th July 1761

Foulkesmill Ladies Plate
1. Creeper, mare owned by Mr Conraby

17th July 1764

Foulkesmill 4 year old Race
1. Plaze, bay colt owned by Mr Dillon
2. Mountain Lass, grey filly owned by Mr Byrne

18th July 1764

Foulkesmill Give & Take
1. Brisk, chestnut horse owned by Mr Higgins
2. Dainty Davy, bay horse owned by Mr Gyles
3. Chance, bay horse owned by Mr Scott

19th July 1764

Foulkesmill Open
1. Tartar, grey horse owned by Mr Gyles
2. Ferdinand, grey horse owned by Mr Scot
3. Strider, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Elliot

20th July 1764

Foulkesmill Hunters’ Stakes
1. Granby, grey horse owned by Mr Lowther
2. Stramell, chestnut horse owned by Mr Desney
3. Riot, bay horse owned by Mr Clebborne

21st July 1764

Foulkesmill Sweepstake
1. Screeching Kate, brown mare owned by Mr Gyles
2. White Legs, chestnut horse owned by Mr Dunn

The final meeting took place on Saturday 21st July 1764.
Course today On Foulkesmill Downs on the outskirts of the village.
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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