Roscommon Racecourse History
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Results from Roscommon races were included in the Racing Calendar as early as 1802 when a full five day meeting began on Tuesday 21st September with a race, sponsored by Sir George Caufield, won by Colonel Lumm’s Maximin. Meetings continued on a regular basis, notably in 1808 when the Roscommon Stewards requested that the Handicap be drawn up by the Irish Turf Club. The Stewards Sweepstake on Thursday 18th August 1808 was won by Mr Fleming’s Georgina carrying 7st 1lb, beating Mr Daly’s Maria carrying 6st 12lb. A famous steeplechase took place at Rosscommon on St Patrick’s day in 1813 when a 6 mile chase was held across Racroghan Plain. However, it was a further 24 years before the inaugural meeting was held on the present day course just a mile from the town centre at Lenabane. The racecourse is a well run, popular course, and what it occasionally lacks in quality it makes up for in quantity. Racing lapsed in 1936 and was not revived until May 1948. The only grade 3 race is the Kilbegnet Novice chase, while the Listed Lebenane Stakes is run over 1 ½ miles in July. Currently the course hosts 9 fixtures annually.

Although Roscommon remains a thriving racecourse, nearby Tuam closed its gates for the final time in 1973.
The Irish racecourse at the town of Tuam, County Galway, first staged a four day meeting starting on Monday 21st October 1754 with the Freeholders and Inhabitants Purse which saw Mr Thomas’s Prim defeat the more fancied Jenny Jessamy owned by Sir Edward O’Brien. By 1775 the meeting had extended to a full week from Monday 21st to Saturday 26th October, with the best race taking place on Wednesday 23rdOctober. In 1812 the Irish fixture list was so congested that significant organisation was needed to ensure it did not reach saturation point. The Irish Turf Club took up the challenge and assigned specific weeks to each venue. Tuam was allocated the first week in August, which was a favourable draw given the opportunity to attract a summer crowd. By the August 1815 meeting the races at the course were predominantly sweepstakes valued at between 25 and 50 guineas, stakes that were sufficient to encourage entries and to provide entertainment for the local community. Meetings continued to be run regularly for the next century. In 1905 the meetings were moved to Parkmore racecourse, half a mile from Tuam on the Dublin road, and this proved to be a successful venue, with racing continuing until the final card took place on Friday 3rd August 1973. Afterwards the land was eventually sold to Galway County Council in 1978 and some years later a housing estate was built.
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