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Earliest meeting: Monday 6th October 1845
Final meeting: Wednesday 8th October 1845
The bustling area of Harpurhey is on the outskirts of the city of Manchester, just 3 miles north east of the city. Today it includes large estates like Kingsbridge and Shiredale, but back in the mid-1800s it had sufficient open grassland to hold its own race meeting. The three day meeting took place from Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th October 1845 and was thinly attended due to the inclement weather. The principal races on the first two days, the Wilton Stakes and Barnes Green Stakes, were both won by Mr Lamplugh’s Sheet Anchor, beating Ebberston on both occasions. The feature race on the concluding day was the Hurdle Stakes which went to Mr Griffith’s Lucy, while the Moston Lane Stakes was won by Bagatelle for Mr Moore.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Lamplugh, Mr Fraser
Principal Races Harpurhey Hurdle Stakes, Moston Lane Stakes, Barnes Green Stakes

Wednesday 8th October 1845
Harpurhey Hurdle Stakes
1. Lucy, bay mare owned by Mr Griffiths
2. Father Mathew, brown gelding owned by Mr Lamplugh
3. Bagatelle, brown mare owned by Mr Moore
4. Miss Coalen, brown mare owned by Mr Frazer

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 8th October 1845.
Course today On common grassland 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 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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