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Earliest meeting: April 1901
Final meeting: Saturday 11th April 1914
The Scottish hamlet of Justinlees was near Annan in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland. Although the Dumfries Racecourse held its final meeting on Wednesday 13th October 1847, within a year hunters and hounds were introduced into the area by Joe Graham.  It was 5 years later that the first race meeting organised by the Hunt Committee took place at Leafield on 8th April 1853, followed in order by Dalton, Lockerbie, Collin and Carnsalloch until 1899. As a consequence of the Boer War there was no meeting organised in 1900 and the meeting finally rested at Justinlees from 1901 until the meeting ceased in 1914. Racing was popular and well-supported at this venue, and that support continued through to the final meeting on Saturday 11th April 1914 when the feature of the meeting was the riding of Mr J Johnstone who won 3 of the races. The opening Annandale Hurdle was won by Belses for Mr E Vaux, while the principal United Hunt Cup went to Lady Hackler for Mr A J Ferguson. But for the outbreak of the First World War, it is likely that this meeting would have gone from strength to strength.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Sir Robert Buchanan Jardine, Lieut. Kavanagh, Joe Graham, Captain David Johnstone

Principal Races

United Hunt Cup, Annandale Hurdle, The Silver Snuff-Box, The Silver Jug, Dumfriesshire Hunt Cup, Border Hunt Chase

Saturday 11th April 1914
United Hunt Cup over 3 miles
1. Lady Hackler, aged horse owned by Mr A J Ferguson
2. Mystery Maid, aged horse owned by Mr B H Hill
3. Glencarrick, aged horse owned by Mr Bell-Irving

The final meeting took place on Saturday 11th April 1914.

Whilst there was a single meeting held on Tuesday 1st April 1924, the area still to this day holds successful point to point meetings at Lockerbie.

Course today

Across good hunting ground in Justinlees, just outside Annan.

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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