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Earliest meeting: August 1864
Final meeting: Saturday 9th August 1884
Today the Northumberland Hussars are based in Newcastle, but the regiment grew from the Newcastle Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry which began in 1819. It was in 1876 that the regiment became the Northumberland Hussars, and by the mid-1800s the army group organised their own race meetings, the first of which was held in August 1864 when still known as the Newcastle Yeomanry. The meetings were popular, with races continuing to be held for the next 20 years under the administration of the Hussars. The meeting on Saturday 30th July 1881 was held on Newcastle Moor, starting at Cot Hill and continuing to the Morpeth Turn before returning to the start. The opening Blagdon Plate was won by Lily Randolph for Trooper Allen, beating Jolly Fellow and Enchanted Minister. The Officers Challenge Cup was claimed by Captain Henderson with Tommy, beating the odds-on 2/5 Happy Man. The final meeting was staged on Saturday 9th August 1884, although racing of a minor nature did continue after this point in fields near the camp in Rothbury.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Earl of Ravensworth, Major Sir M W Ridley, Captain Cookson

Principal Races Ravensworth Plate, Blagdon Plate, Officers Challenge Cup

Saturday 30th July 1881
Ravensworth Plate over 2 miles
1. Precentor, aged horse owned by Trooper Potts
2. Lucy, 5 year old owned by Corporal Dickenson
3. Coningsby, 4 year old owned by Trooper Awburn
Betting: 2/5 Precentor, 4/1 Lucy, 4/1 Coningsby

The final meeting took place on Saturday 9th August 1884.

Course today On Newcastle Moor, starting at Cot Hill and progressing towards the Morpeth Turn.
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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