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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 5th May 1779
Final meeting: Tuesday 29th March 1842
The ancient North Yorkshire market town of Pickering is in the Ryedale district of the county. It is located in beautiful countryside on the border of the North York Moors, overlooking the Vale of Pickering. Races were first recorded in the vicinity of the town on Wednesday 5th May 1779 when Orpheus gained a hollow victory over a mile at 2/7 favourite. He was owned by Mr Coates and beat Trusty and Fortune. The later Port Stakes was won by Mr Ayrton’s Lucy at 7/4 on favourite.Three years later a 2 day meeting was held on Pickering Common from Tuesday 7th to Wednesday 8th May 1782. The Town Plate over 4 miles was won by Weasel who beat Wonderful and Duchess, while the 2 mile Port Stakes went to Mr Cornforth’s Miss Kitty. There was a lull in the meetings in the early part of the 19th century, but a steeplechase meeting was held on Tuesday 17th March 1840 when the principal Steeplechase saw Mr Lamplugh’s Mischief defeat Derryanne, while the Silver Cup went to Mr J Wardell’s Miss Patty. The final meeting took place on Tuesday 29th March 1842.

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

Lord Rockingham, Sir W Milner, Sir W Vavasour

Principal Races The Port Stakes, Town Plate, Pickering Steeplechase, Silver Cup

Wednesday 5th May 1779
The Port Stakes over 1 mile
1. Lucy, bay filly owned by Mr Ayrton
2. Baggage, bay filly owned by Mr Maynard
3. Tantrum, bay filly owned by Lord Rockingham

Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th May 1782

Pickering Town Plate over 4 miles
1. Weasel owned by Mr Garforth
2. Wonderful owned by Mr Emmerson
3. Duchess owned by Mr Burdon

The Port Stakes run over 2 miles
1. Miss Kitty owned by Mr Cornforth
2. Imperatrix owned by Mr Pratt
3. Paymaster owned by Mr Bethell

Tuesday 29th March 1842

The Pickering Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Insane owned by Mr Golden
2. Donna Maria owned by Mr Metcalfe

The Pickering Hurdle Race
1. Meg Merillies owned by Mr Boyes

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 29th March 1842 and results are shown above.
Course today On Pickering Common.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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