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Earliest meeting: Thursday 10th August 1837
Final meeting: Friday 29th August 1848
The Lancashire town of Horwich, located close to Bolton, first held races on Thursday 10th August 1837. The course was situated in extensive meadows next to the Squirrel Public House, with entries for the meeting made at the Lever Arms Hotel in Bolton. Meetings continued for the next eleven years and a new Crown course for sprint races was introduced for the 1846 meeting when the Willoughby Stakes was won by Mr Walker’s The Nobbler. The final meeting was staged on Friday 29th August 1848.

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

Sir J Gerard, W Standish Standish (High Sheriff), Captain Potts

Principal Races Manchester Handicap, Horwich Tradesmen's Gold Cup, Willoughby Stakes

Thursday 30th July 1840

Horwich Hurdle over 3 miles and 3 hurdles
1. Duenna owned by Mr Parker
2. Lady Chester
3. Extravagance

The Horwich Stakes over 2 miles
1. Champagne owned by Mr W H Hornby
2. Ararat
3. Honeysuckle

Horwich Hunters Stakes over 2 miles
1. Little Peter owned by Mr Hollinshead
2. Unnamed horse owned by Mr W H Hornby
3. Caleb

Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th August 1846

The Champagne Stakes over 4 furlongs
1. Comme-il-Faut owned by Mr W F Cranston
2. Infringe owned by Mr Whiles

The Horwich Tradesmen’s Gold Cup over 2 ¼ miles
1. Lady Sarah owned by Mr Whitworth
2. Jonathan Wild owned by Mr O’Brien
3. Little Hampton owned by Mr Standish

The Scurry Stakes over 4 furlongs
1. The Snob owned by Sir J Gerard
2. Unnamed colt by Drayton owned by Mr Rothwell

Thursday 6th August 1846
Willoughby Stakes over 2 miles
1. The Nobbler , aged horse owned by Mr Walker
2. Miss Castling, aged horse owned by Mr Osborne
3. Bryan, brown colt owned by Mr W Thompson

The Bolton Purse over 4 furlongs
1. Infringe owned by Mr Whiles
2. Comme-il-Faut owned by Mr Cranston
3. Stansty owned by Mr Thompson

The Manchester Handicap over 1 ½ miles
1. Dulcet owned by Mr Parr
2. Godfrey owned by Mr Meiklam
3. Quebec owned by Sir J Gerrard

The final meeting took place on Friday 29th August 1848
Course today On meadowland in the grounds of the Squirrel Public House.
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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