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Earliest meeting: Monday 25th March 1861
Final meeting: Monday 25th March 1861
The Northumbrian village of Ponteland, located near to the city of Newcastle and close to Lowick, ran its own races from 1864 until 1870. Ponteland did host races for a number of years prior to this period to coincide with the annual feast days, but they generally involved ponies and galloways. However, on Monday 25th March 1861 races were organised for thoroughbreds on a course that was ‘on the green sward on the edge of the village’. The crowd was large and jolly and none of the ‘high bred mettle was in attendance’ to watch the opening Hunters’ Hurdle Stakes go to Gentle Auntie, owned by Mr G Wilkinson. The principal race, the Farmers’ Plate, was won by Camphor. Racing continued annually in the village, but returned to its former state of pony races sprinkled with galloways.

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

Mr Balmbra (Starter), Mr Wilkinson (Judge)

Principal Races Farmers’ Handicap Plate, Hunters’ Hurdle

Monday 25th March 1861
Farmers’ Handicap Plate
1. Camphor, 3 year old owned by Mr Coxen
2. Capon, 6 year old owned by Mr Bullock
3. Maid of Nun Street, aged horse owned by Mr Culter

The final meeting took place on Monday 25th March 1861.
Course today On a ‘green sward’ on the edge of the village.
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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