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Earliest meeting: Monday 28th June 1773
Final meeting: Friday 2nd July 1773
The County Mayo town of Ballinrobe, on the River Robe, still operates a very successful racecourse today, but in 1773 the Racing Calendar specifically mentioned the Maidenhill area on the outskirts of the town as hosting a week long programme of races. The first day of the festival was Monday 28th June 1773 when the 4 year old Purse went to Mr McDermott’s mare who beat Mr William Burke’s mare. Two days later the 5 year old Purse resulted in a good battle between Mr Lambert’s Schoolboy and Mr Daly’s Rocket, with the former prevailing. The main race on Friday saw Lord Altamont’s Brown Jack overcome Stradler, with Hollyhawk some way behind in third. Although Ballinrobe races went from strength to strength, Maidenhill races seemed to have fallen by the wayside.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Altamont, Captain Fitzgerald
Principal Races Maidenhill 4 year old Purse, Maidenhill 5 year old Purse

Friday 2nd July 1773
Maidenhill All Aged Purse
1. Brown Jack, brown horse owned by Lord Altamont
2. Stradler, aged horse owned by Mr Trench
3. Hollyhawk, bay mare owned by Mr Shadwell

The final meeting took place on Friday 2nd July 1773.
Course today In the Maidenhill area of Ballinrobe.
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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