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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 3rd April 1805
Final meeting: Thursday 28th April 1808
The North Yorkshire market town of Skipton on the River Aire, also known as Skipton-in-Craven, first held a race meeting on Wednesday 3rd April 1805 when the feature 10 Guineas Sweepstake was won by Cleveland owned by Mr G Hutton. The final 2 day meeting took place on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th April 1808 and saw the Duke of Hamilton’s Petrenius defeat Clotilda to win the opening Sweepstake. It was uncertain after the meeting whether this would be the last in the town, but an announcement in December confirmed that, after much discussion, there would be no further meetings in the town. However, racing did return on 28th March 1845, although the meeting was known by then as the Craven meeting.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Hamilton, Lord Strathmore, Captain Chamberlain, Sir Hedw. Williamson
Principal Races Skipton Sweepstake, Skipton Maiden Plate

Wednesday 3rd April 1805

Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th April 1805

Skipton Sweepstakes over 2 miles
1. Whynot owned by Captain Chamberlain
2. Unnamed horse by Cavendish owned by Mr C Parker
3. In a field of 6 Whynot was the 1-2 favourite

Skipton All Age Sweepstakes over 2 miles
1. Saxoni owned by Mr G Hutton
2. Sir Sidney owned by Mr Walker
In a field of 5 Saxoni was 1-2 favourite

Skipton Maiden Plate over 2 miles
1. Didapper owned by Mr W Hutchinson
2. Sir Charles owned by Mr Dent
3. Unnamed filly by Hammer owned by Mr Harris

Thursday 28th April 1808
Macaroni Stakes twice round
1. Hambletonian, bay filly owned by Mr Gascoigne
2. Unnamed bay gelding by Diomed owned by Mr J Field
3. Aper, brown colt owned by Mr T Chamberlain

The final meeting took place on Thursday 28th April 1808.
Course today In pasture fields on the edge of the town.
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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