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Earliest meeting: Thursday 4th August 1814
Final meeting: Friday 6th August 1841
The Scottish town of Monifieth is on the North bank of the River Tay in Angus, six miles east of Dundee. It first held races on Thursday 4th August 1814 on the Budden course on the edge of the town. A meeting was then held on the same course on Thursday 1st August 1816 when the Silver Cup, donated by William Maule later to become Lord Panmure, was won by Mr Deighton’s Bitterly Ann. Racing then lapsed for 23 years before returning in magnificent style on Wednesday 31st July 1839. The course was in fields on the outskirts of the town, with the starting post next to a handsome octagonal wooden stand with raised platform which gave a commanding view of the entire course. A crowd of over 15000 attended, including at least 5000 brought in by train excursions from Dundee and Arbroath. The Right Honourable Lord Panmure sponsored a race in which each horse had to carry 13 stone and was won by Aselina for Mr Scott. The final 2 day meeting was held from Thursday 5th to Friday 6th August 1841 when the Subscription Plate was won by Mr Cooke’s Defiance, the Fifty Sovereigns Sweepstake by Lady Flora and the concluding Publican’s Purse by Suleiman for Mr Ramsay. However, the highlight of the meeting was Lord Panmure’s Purse over 2 mile heats, restricted to hunters ridden by members of a foxhunting or racing club in Scotland, which fell to The Returned for Mr Johnstone after the minimum of two heats.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Panmure, Captain Douglas, Mr A.Cooke, Mr Johnstone
Principal Races Lord Panmure Purse, Monifieth Publican's Purse, Minifieth Subscription Plate, 50 Sovereigns Sweepstake

Thursday 5th to Friday 6th August 1841

Monifieth Subscription Plate over a mile
1. Defiance (formerly Aeolus) owned by Mr A.Cooke
2. Non-Intrusion owned by Mr Lindsay
3. Maid of the Mill owned by Mr Thompson
4. Lady Crainshaws owned by Mr Sutherland

Lord Panmure Purse over 2 miles
1. The Returned owned by Mr Johnstone
2. Smedley Lely owned by Captain Douglas
3. Suleiman owned by Mr Ramsay
4. St Monance owned by Mr Erskine

Fifty Sovereigns Sweepstake over a mile and the distance
1. Lady Flora owned by Mr Roberts
2. Laird’s Brother owned by Mr Binney
3. The Lily owned by Mr Knox

The Monifieth Publican’s Purse
1. Suleiman owned by Mr Ramsay
2. St Monance owned by Mr Erskine
3. Billy owned by Mr Ferguson

Thursday 5th August 1841
Lord Panmure Purse over 2 miles
1. The Returned owned by Mr Johnstone
2. Smedley Lely owned by Captain Douglas
3. Suleiman owned by Mr Ramsay
4. St Monance owned by Mr Erskine

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Friday 6th August 1841.
Course today Initially on the Budden course and later on a course with purpose built octagonal wooden stand.
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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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