Richmond Racecourse Listings
Richmond, Melbourne, Australia
Reading an old book about the Menzies Hotel, I was surprised to read there once was a racecourse in Richmond. The racecourse was bounded by Bridge Road, Westbank Terrace and Stawell Street. Described as John Wren's old Richmond Racecourse, when researching it we could not find many references to it. The slum abolition movement completed its first project in 1941 when it built on the land which had been leased to John Wren for the Richmond Racecourse. Tudor Street and Westbank Terrace are notable for their many clinker brick houses, originally Housing Commission of Victoria houses built on the old Richmond Racecourse.
The popularity of horse-racing saw racecourses established throughout the expanding metropolis. Caulfield and Flemington are well known but there was also Williamstown, Croxton Park in Northcote, Kensington Park, Brighton Park and Elsternwick and the new and larger Moonee Valley in 1883.
Other proprietary racecourses opened at Oakleigh Park (1888, renamed Sandown Park in 1892), Mordialloc, Mentone (1888), Epsom (1889), Maribyrnong and Aspendale (1891) and pony tracks at Thornbury (called Fitzroy), Oakleigh (1891) and Ascot (1893).
Richmond, Queensland, Australia
The district around Richmond has a strong history of racing dating back to the early settlers. On 21st May 1898 in the Government Gazette proclaimed the Richmond Racecourse Reserve was establised containing an area of 160 acres. The North Queensland Racing Association was formed in Charters Towers on 28th April 1886. The Richmond Downs Jockey Club was one of the dozens or so clubs that were in attendance for the historic meeting that led to the formation of one of the Principal Clubs of Australia. In 1932 the Richmond Downs Jockey Club collapsed due to the depression. The Clutha Picnic Race Club, also a primary club, picked up the pieces and paid the debt. The Clutha Picnic Club was formed in 1907.
Catterick Bridge Racecourse, Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK
Catterick Bridge Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in the hamlet of Catterick Bridge in North Yorkshire, England. The first racing at Catterick was held in 1783.
The track is left-handed, sharp and undulating, just over a mile round, with a 3 furlong run-in. The Catterick Sunday Market, held on the racecourse grounds, is the largest Sunday Market in the North of England. The international flat racing champion Collier Hill won his first race here in March 2002.
Goodwood Racetrack, Chichester, UK
Goodwood has played host to the Sport of Kings for over 200 years. From its tentative launch as a flat horseracing course for local officers by the third Duke of Richmond in 1802, to its colourful programme of events, fixtures, weddings and entertaining, Goodwood is one of Britain’s great estates and historic homes.
The story began when the Third Duke of Richmond introduced horseracing to Goodwood for the benefit of the officers of the Sussex Militia - of which he was Colonel - rather than any great devotion to the Turf.
The officers held their annual races in nearby Petworth Park, courtesy of the Earl of Egremont, but when the invitation was withdrawn in 1801 due to the Earl’s capricious nature the Duke of Richmond came to the rescue, establishing a course on the Goodwood Estate known as “The Harroway”.
The first two-day meeting was such a success that a more ambitious three-day meeting was held the following year under Jockey Club Rules.
Colonial Downs, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Colonial Downs is Virginia’s only pari-mutuel horse racetrack, and it’s located in New Kent County at Exit 214 off I-64. The track features a summer thoroughbred racing season, a fall harness racing season, and an ever growing year-round slate of special events.
Eighty percent of the summer thoroughbred races are held over the Secretariat Turf Course, which at 180 feet wide, is the widest grass surface of any track in North America. The 1¼ mile dirt track is the country’s second largest, next to Belmont’s. The large dirt track enables harness horses to pace or trot a one mile distance while encountering just one turn, the only track anywhere to offer this unique configuration.
The Virginia Derby is Colonial’s annual showcase event. The 2011 Virginia Derby was held mid July, the $600,000 Grade II event draws over 9,000 fans to the New Kent oval. Thoroughbred racing’s top three year old turf horses, along with the sport’s top jockeys and trainers compete 1¼ miles in the Virginia Derby. The $500,000 Grade II Colonial Turf Cup, a Derby prep race of sorts, was held June 18, 2011.
Richmond, Kentucky, USA
Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 61st largest in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region. In the 2013 US Census Estimate, the city's population was 308,428, anchoring a metropolitan area of 489,435 people and a combined statistical area of 708,677 people.Lexington ranks tenth among US cities in college education rate, with 39.5% of residents having at least a bachelor's degree.] It is the location of the Kentucky Horse Park, The Red Mile and Keeneland race courses, Richmond kentucky is nearby.
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Minoru Park is a park located on the site of a former horse-racing track and airstrip in Richmond, British Columbia. The Minoru Park's running track is often used for school competitions, such as track and field. The area is home to the Minoru Arenas, Minoru Track, Minoru Aquatic Centre and Richmond Cultural Centre (which in turn houses the Richmond Public Library's main branch, City of Richmond Archives, Richmond Art Gallery and Richmond Museum). All these facilities account for the bulk of community services offered by the city.
Richmond, St Joseph, near Bridge Town, Barbados
The Garrison Savannah in the country of Barbados, is a horse racing venue located within the Garrison Historic Area, just outside of the capital-city Bridgetown. A clockwise grass course, the Garrison Savannah is known internationally for the annual Barbados Gold Cup for Thoroughbreds which takes place on the six furlong track around the perimeter of the green.
The racetrack also is host to the annual Barbados Triple Crown series.
Horse racing in India is over 200 years old. The first racecourse in the country was set up in Madras in 1777. Today, India has a very well established racing and breeding industry, and the sport is conducted on nine racetracks by six racing authorities.
Racing is restricted to Indian-bred racehorses and India has a well established breeding industry with stallions imported from all over the world. The Indian Stud Book maintains records of all thoroughbred breeding activity in India.
India has a mixture of both pool betting and traditional bookmakers.
Last updated 02/03/2015
Richmond Yorkshire Racecourse
The first record of racing taking place in the Yorkshire town of Richmond was in 1669. The two-day meeting was held on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th September 1669 when the Richmond £50 Plate and £20 Plate were contested. The meeting was extended to a 5 day meeting the next year with similar Plates being fought for from Monday 15th to Friday 19th September 1670.
Baily’s Racing Register provided detailed results from races held at Richmond in 1725, when they hosted His Majesty’s 100 Guineas (called the Hambleton 100 Guineas). It was won by Bald Peg, a son of Lister Turk, owned by Mr M Tims. The course was an oval course of a mile and a half in circumference, with a straight run in of 5 furlongs. The whole course was visible from a ‘substantial’ stone built grandstand.
Duke of Richmond (Lennox), Earl of Zetland, Duke of Leeds, Lord Sligo, Colonel Cradock, Sir R Winn, Colonel Radcliffe, Duke of Cleveland, Lord Rockingham, Captain Kirkpatrick, Colonel Thornton
Principal Races His Majesty's 100 Guineas, Gold Cup, Silver Cup, Richmond Handicap Stakes, Wright Stakes, Town Purse, Sapling Stakes
Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th September 1762
Richmond Cup over 2 miles
1. Dainty Davey owned by the Duke of Cleveland
2. Silvio owned by Mr Hutton
3. Syren owned by Mr Dalston
Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th September 1782
Richmond Town Purse over 4 miles
1. Miracle owned by Sir R Winn
2. Contractor owned by Mr Addison
Contractor was the beaten 4 to 1 on favourite.
Richmond Cup over 4 miles
1. Miracle owned by Sir R Winn
2. Johnny Lad owned by Colonel Radcliffe
3. Amazon owned by Mr Wetherell
Miracle was the 6/1 third favourite despite winning the previous days feature race.
Shown below is a Subscribers token for Richmond Races owned by J Stapleton Esq.
Tuesday 5th October to Thursday 7th October 1824
Richmond 20 Guineas Sweepstake over a mile
1. Canteen owned by Lord Sligo
2. Mountaineer owned by Mr Fergusson
3. Unnamed colt by Blacklock owned by Colonel Cradock
Richmond Members Plate over 2 miles
1. Rhodocantha owned by the Duke of Leeds
2. Plumper owned by Mr Husband
3. Unnamed colt by Prime Minister owned by Colonel Cradock
Richmond Gold Cup over a mile and a furlong
1. Canteen owned by Lord Sligo
2. Carnival owned by Mr Lambton
3. Rhodocantha owned by the Duke of Leeds
Richmond Silver Cup over 2 miles
1. Mountaineer owned by Mr Ferguson
2. Bos owned by Mr Orde Powlett
3. Plumper owned by Mr Husband
James Whyte’s History of the British Turf notes that racing first took place at Richmond, some 44 miles from York, in 1762 and that 2 days of racing took place at the start of September The racecourse was on Whitcliffe Pasture, common meadow land owned by the town, which ‘affords and excellent course’. Whyte records the September 1839 races as:-
Borough Member’s Plate;
Earl of Zetland Dundas Stakes;
Richmond Gold Cup;
Thursday 6th and Friday 7th August 1891
The Sapling Stakes over 5 furlongs
1. Circlet owned by Lord Hastings
2. Syra owned by Major Stapylton
3. Queen Glencoe owned by Mr W l’Anson
The Richmond Handicap Plate over a mile and a half
1. Stalactite owned by Mr T Lindsay
2. Lady Killer owned by Mr P Buchanan
3. Folkingham owned by Marquis Talon
The Wright Stakes over 5 furlongs
1. Sea-View owned by Lord Zetland
2. Syra owned by Major Stapylton
3. Unnamed filly by St Simon owned by Mr R S Crompton
The final meeting at Richmond was a two day meeting on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th August 1891. Details of selected races are shown above.
Course today I am grateful to John Hodges for the following:-
Richmond - the majority of the racecourse is still there, though sadly some of the grandstand (in the centre of the course) got demolished as recently as the 1960's. What remains is clearly visible just north of the town, on the other side of road from the golf club. cost about £750,000 to rebuild source randall orchard 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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