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Earliest meeting: Monday 29th June 1761
Final meeting: Friday 3rd July 1761
The County Clare parish of Rath (Rathclare) lies in the barony of Inchiquin between Inagh and Corofin. The River Fergus marks the boundary of the parish which includes such hamlets as Riverston and Knockmacart. In the middle of the 18th century Rathclare held its own race meetings which were deemed sufficiently important to be included in the ‘Historical List of Horse Races and Matches of 1761’. The 4 day meeting was spread over 5 days beginning on Monday 29th June and finishing on Friday 3rd July 1761. On the opening day the 20 Guineas race saw Mr Grady’s Ladus defeat Starboard and Bajazet, while the next day Brutus was successful for owner Cornet O’Brien. After a day of hunting on Wednesday, racing resumed on Thursday with victory in the Hunters’ Plate for Mr Hassett, while on the concluding day Mr Evans’s selection won the Weight for Age Handicap.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Cornet O’Brien, Mr Hassett, Mr Evans
Principal Races Rathclare 20 Guineas Weight for Age Stakes, Rathclare Hunters’ Plate, Rathclare 20 Guineas, Rathclare 30 Guineas

29th June 1761

Rathclare 20 Guineas race over 3 miles
1. Ladus, bay colt owned by Mr Grady
2. Starboard, bay colt owned by Mr Fleming
3. Bajazet, bay colt owned by Mr O’Loughlen

30th June 1761

Rathclare 30 Guineas race
1. Brutus, brown horse owned by Cornet O’Brien
2. Bald Castle, chestnut horse owned by Mr Hughson
3. Cinder Wench, brown mare owned by Mr Hyde

2nd July 1761

Rathclare Hunters’ Plate
1. Unnamed bay gelding owned and ridden by Mr Hasset
2. Unnamed grey gelding owned by Mr Grady and ridden by Mr Ryan
2. Unnamed bay mare owned and ridden by Mr Oliver

3rd July 1761

Rathclare 20 Guineas Weight for Age Stakes
1. Unnamed bay mare owned by Mr Evans
2. Unnamed black horse owned by Captain Thomas
3. Unnamed chestnut mare owned by Mr Bullen

The final meeting took place on Friday 3rd July 1761.
Course today Across fields on the outskirts of the parish.
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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