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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 3rd July 1739
Final meeting: Thursday 1st November 1855
The North Yorkshire town of Selby lies on the River Ouse some 22 kilometres south of the city of York. Historically the town was part of West Yorkshire and enjoyed a large ship building industry. The earliest record of a race in the town was on Tuesday 3rd July 1739 when the Selby Plate was won by Mr John Cusin’s Sweet Lips. A two day meeting took place on Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th August 1755, when on day one Mr Ridsdale’s Lass of the Mill merely had to walk over to claim the £50 Purse. Two days later a similar Purse saw Mr Swinburn’s Mary Scott defeat Mr Mann’s Neptune.  Racing did return to the town exactly 100 years after that inaugural meeting, although the reincarnation was short lived. The final meeting took place on Thursday 1st November 1855.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Mann, Mr Ridsdale, Mr Swinburn
Principal Races Selby Plate, Selby Purse

Tuesday 5th - Thursday 7th August 1755

Tuesday 5th August 1755 Selby Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Lass of the Mill owned by Mr Ridsdale walked over

Thursday 7th August 1755 Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Mary Scot owned by Mr Swinburn
2. Neptune owned by Mr Mann

Racing did return to the town exactly 100 years after the last meeting, although the reincarnation was short lived. The final meeting took place on 1st November 1855.

Course today On Selby 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

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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