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Earliest meeting: Thursday 25th October 1855
Final meeting: Thursday 25th October 1855
The small market town of Easingwold, close to Hambleton in North Yorkshire, held races for the one and only time in October 1855 to acknowledge the Crimean War. The meeting took place at Newburgh Park on Thursday 25th October 1855, opening with the Newburgh Stakes over a mile complete with hurdles which was won by The Brigadier, owned by Sir G Wombwell. This was followed by the Balaklava Cup over a mile and 6 flights which saw Ready Reckoner defeat 8 others. The Coxwold Free Handicap was won by Victory, but John Osborne’s Yorkshire Grey, who was the even money favourite, trailed in a poor ninth. There is no further evidence of meetings taking place in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir G Wombwell, John Osborne
Principal Races Crimean Plate, Balaklava Cup, Newburgh Stakes, Coxwold Free Handicap, Oulston Handicap

Thursday 25th October 1855

The Newburgh Stakes over a mile and with hurdles
1. The Brigadier owned by Sir G Wombwell
The winner was ridden by Newbold and beat a field of 6 other runners.

The Balaklava Cup over a mile and 6 flights of hurdles
1. Ready Reckoner owned by Mr Hoggart
The winner was ridden by Jefferson and beat a field of 8 other runners.

The Coxwold Free Handicap over a mile
1. Victory owned by Mr S Jacob
2. Catherine Parr owned by Mr J Shepherd
3. The Medal owned by Mr G S Thompson
The even money favourite for this race was the John Osborne owned Yorkshire Grey. It was a much travelled, successful horse but finished a poor ninth.

The Oulston Stakes over a mile
1. The Rajah owned by Mr Knowles
2. Queen of England owned by Mr Bennett
3. Sicily owned by Mr Morris

The Crimean Plate over a mile
1. Orange Blossom owned by Mr G S Thompson
2. Angelo owned by Mr Brown
3. Caesar owned by Sir G Wombwell

The final meeting took place on Thursday 25th October 1855.
Course today In the grounds of Newburgh Park.
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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