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Earliest meeting: Monday 5th April 1847
Final meeting: Wednesday 28th April 1880
The county Wicklow village of Roundwood, also known as Tochar, enjoys a position in the Wicklow mountains on the Dublin to Glendalough road. It held regular race meetings on the Ballinastoe racecourse just outside the village, with one of the earliest reported meetings taking place on Monday 5th April 1847. The Stewards were Mr W F Bentley and Mr George Waters and the opening Silver Cup over 2 miles went to Mr Manning’s Game Chicken. The feature Sweepstake, also over 2 miles, was won by Mr Byrne’s Pope. Meetings continued, with a particularly active period in the late 1870s, but some of the meetings included Pony or Galloway races. The last meeting of note was staged on Wednesday 28th April 1880.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr George Waters, Mr W F Bentley (Stewards)
Principal Races

Roundwood Silver Cup, Roundwood Sweepstake

Monday 5th April 1847
Roundwood Sweepstake over 2 miles
1. Pope, bay mare owned by Mr Byrne
2. Wildboy, bay gelding owned by Mr Earl
3. Maid of the Mill, bay mare owned by Mr Moras

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 28th April 1880.
Course today On the Ballinastoe racecourse just outside Roundwood.
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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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