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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 22nd July 1766
Final meeting: Thursday 24th July 1766
The Lancashire townland of Layton Hayes lies near the coast, some 3 miles south west of Poulton-le-Fylde. It is overshadowed by the more important seaside town of Blackpool, but once held its own race meeting in the mid-1700s. Results from the two day meeting, held between Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th July 1766, were included in Baily’s Racing Register.  On the opening day the Annual Give and Take race was won by Mr Nutt’s Honest Billy. Whilst records of other meetings in the townland are sparse, clearly other meetings had been staged, given that the race was entitled the 'Annual Give & Take'.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Nutt, Mr Thistlethwaite
Principal Races Layton Hayes Annual Give & Take Plate, Layton Hayes £50 Plate

22nd July 1766

Layton Hayes Annual Give & Take Plate
1. Honest Billy, bay horse owned by Mr Nutt

24th July 1766

Layton Hayes £50 Plate
1. Speedwell, bay horse owned by Mr Jordan
2. Gloucestershire Jenny, grey mare owned by Mr Thistlethwaite
3. Vagabond, bay horse owned by Mr Burton

The final meeting took place on Thursday 24th July 1766.
Course today Over farmland on the outskirts of the townland.
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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