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EGHAM.—On the Runnymede, is an oval Course short of 2 miles by 66 yards, and nearly flat. It is close to the town, on the banks of the Thames. The T.Y.C. is three-quarters of a mile and straight, as is also the Mile Course.

Eglinton Park (Irvine)—Is an oval Course, 150 yards less than two miles, it is almost flat with the exception of a hill about half a mile from the winning post. The run in is nearly half a mile.

EPSOM—The Old Course, now seldom used, is 2 miles, of an irregular circular form, the first mile up hill. The old Derby Course (last used in 1847) is exactly a mile and a half, and somewhat in the form of a horse-shoe; the first threequarters of a mile may be considered as straight running, the bend in the Course being very trifling, and the width very great; the next quarter of a mile is in a gradual turn, and the last half-mile straight. The first half-mile is on the ascent, the next third of a mile level, and the remainder is on the descent till within the distance, when the ground again rises. For the present Derby Course (first used in 1872) the horses start at the New High Level Starting Post, and run into the Old Derby Course at the mile-post—this first half-mile is also slightly on the ascent. The New T.Y.C. is 6 furlongs, and runs into the Old Course above the roads at the Walton turn. The Egmont Course is five furlongs straight. The Metropolitan Course is two miles and a quarter; for this race the horses start at the Winning-chair and run the back way of the Derby Course as far as the road, when they turn to the right and go round the hill, coming into the Derby Course again about a mile from home. The Craven Course is one mile and a quarter.

Four (AKS Park (Birmingham).- The Course is situate at Sutton Coldfield, about seven miles from Birminghain, near the L. and N. W. and Midland railway stations, and is over one mile and three furlongs in circumference, being thirty yards wide at the narrowest point, and possesses excellent old turf. The T.Y.C. is five furlongs, nearly straight.

GOODWOOD.—The Cup Course.—The horses start at the Cup-post, go out to the westward of the Clump, and return to the eastward of the Clump, two miles and a half.

T.Y.C.—Is the straight three-quarters of a mile, upon which all T.Y.C. races are run unless specified to the contrary.

The Old Mile.--To start in the upper Course and run the inner circle.

New Mile.-The last Mile of the Craven Course.

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Once round.—The horses start at the Winning-post, go out to the westward of the Clump, and return the same way.

One mile and a half-one mile and three-quarters—and two miles are run upon the Cup Course.

Craven Course.-One mile and a quarter.

HALIFAX.–The Course is about 70 acres in extent, of good old moorland, and about a mile in circumference, being intersected at parts with slight gradients, while the run in of over four hundred yards is arrived at by a very gentle bend rather than curve. The starting points for the five furlongs, three-quarters, and mile races, are so arranged that none are on a curve or bend.

HAMPTON-Is a flat oval Course, one mile and a half round. The T.Y.C. is five furlongs.

HARPENDEN–Is a two-mile Course. The mile and a half, mile, tbree-quarters of a mile, and five furlongs are portions of it. The T.Y.C. is five furlongs. The Course is 30 yards wide, and nearly level.

HEREFORD—Is an oval Course, situate about a mile from the city, is perfectly flat, with easy turns, and a good width. It is a mile, one furlong, and 107 yards round, with a straight run in of not quite half a mile.

Hiru GOSFORTH PARK.—The Course is situate about four miles and a half from Newcastle; there is a mile Course, quite straight, of great width, and with a slight rise from start to finish-races over a mile are run round a loop of a mile and three-quarters in circumference, the turns being very easy; the short Courses are portions of the straight mile.

HUNTINGDON—Is a round Course, flat, short of two miles by a distance, with a straight run in of five furlongs. The Peel Course is five furlongs. The Course is situate on Port Holme, close to the town.

IPSWICH—Is somewhat in the form of the capital letter D, made up to two miles by starting at the Distance-post; the straight side, which is wider than the rest, and on which is the Winning post, is about three-quarters of a mile in length.

KELBO_Is an oval Course of exactly a mile and a quarter, with a straight run in of about half a mile up a slight ascent. There is a stone marking each quarter of a mile, so the shorter and longer Courses are exactly of stated distances. From the Stand, or anywhere inside the Course, the horses can be distinctly seen all the way round.

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KEMPTON PARK.—The Course, which is upwards of 300 acres in extent, is situate about one mile from the Hampton Station, on the Thames Valley Railway, and about 500 yards from the Sunbury Station on the same line. The mile course—which is on a splendid piece of turf and nearly flatis about 100 yards wide in the first five furlongs, and the remaining portion of it is 30 yards wide at the narrowest point. The imer course is about one mile and a half in extent. There is a six-furlong Course, perfectly straight.

LANARK.— The Course is one mile, nearly circular, and quite level, with a straight run in of two furlongs and a half.

LEICESTER.-The new Race Course consists of about 270 acres of grass land, and is situate at Oadby, two miles from the Leicester Railway (Midland) Station, and three-quarters of a mile from Wigstou Junction on the same line. There are excellent roads and approaches to the Course from all directions. It is oval shaped, about two miles in extent. The Mile Course is perfectly straight: immediately after leaving the starting post the Course is down-hill for about three furlongs, then it rises gradually for three furlongs, and finishes on level ground. The T.Y.C. is on the last portion of the Mile Course.

LEWES.—The Course is in the shape of a narrow horseshoe, at the extreme point of which is the Starting-post for two miles, the first part being a strong incline, then level for rather more than three-quarters of a mile to the T.Y.C.; the latter, being a little more than five furlongs from home, has a slight ascent for a considerable distance from the Starting-post, then level for a couple of hundred yards, again an incline to opposite the Stand, finishing on the level. The mile, mile and a half, &c. are parts of the Two-mile Course. The Queen's Plate Course is two miles.

LICHFIELD—Is an oval of two miles, starting at the Distance-post. The T.Y.C. is about five furlongs, and straight. The Queen's Plate Course is two miles.

LINCOLN_Is a circular Course of one mile, 6 furlongs, and 23 yards. The top side of the Course, furthest from the Stand, has rather a strong hill for a little more than a quarter of a mile, and after passing the mile post there is a slight descent for a quarter of a mile; the remaining parts of the Course are level, with a straight run in of nearly half a mile, perfectly flat. The New Course is exactly one mile, and perfectly straight. The remaining Courses are portions of the circle, and are the exact distances described. The T.Y.C. is about five furlongs.

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LIVERPOOL (at Aintree)-Is an oval Course not quite a mile and a half round; one side is gently declining, the other rising from the Canal side. The Cup Course is nearly a mile and a half, starting opposite the stables. From the Canal point in is nearly six furlongs. There is a straight run in of about 1000 yards. The Queen's Plate Course is two miles.

MANCHESTER.—The Race-course is formed on 100 statute acres of the New Barns Estate, in the borough of Salford, and is situate within two miles and a quarter of the Manchester Exchange, with excellent roads and approaches in every direction. The course is nearly one mile and a half in circumference, and perfectly flat. "The T.Y.C., which is fifty yards wide at the starting point, and perfectly straight, is about five furlongs, and joins the round Course at the top, as at Ascot. For the Cup (Whitsuntide and November) the horses start at the old half-mile post and go once round, about one mile ard three quarters.

MUSSELBURGH-see Edinburgh.
Newcastle--see High:Gosforth Park.

Newton—Is a triangular Course of about a mile and a quarter, with a slight rise from the distance, and a straight flat run in of nearly half a mile. The Golborne Park Stakes Course is five furlongs. “Red house in ” is about five furlongs. The Course is fine elastic turf, and never hard at any season of the year. In wet weather it is always good going

NORTHAMPTON—The old oval Course is one mile and a half and 180 yards round, with a hill half way, and a straight run in of half a mile, which is part of the Two yrs old and Althorp Park Stakes Courses. The New Spencer Plate Course is perfectly straight, and enters the old Course at the Two-mile starting-post, and is about five furlongs in length. The Course is close to the town.

NottingHAM—Is a long oval Course of one mile, one furlong, and 207 yards, with two straight sides of half a mile each. The turns at each end of the oval are easy. The T.Y.C. is six furlongs. The Course is situate at the foot of a hilly ridge of land, which commands a good view of the races from start to finish.

PAISLEY—Is flat and nearly square, with a little rising ground, and is scarcely mile round. The T.Y.C. is 5 fur. longs.

PERTH—Is over the North Inch. It is a right-handed Course, and almost entirely a dead flat, nearly oval, and as nearly as possible one mile and a third round.

PLYMOUTH—Is nearly an oval, about one mile and a half, with a straight run of about half a mile.

PONTEFRACT.—The Course is in Pontefract Park, a magnificent piece of ground. containing upwards of 31 0 acres, and in close proximity to the town. The Course is an oval one, free from objectionable turns, of excellent turf, of great width in every part, and two miles, 156 yards round. The last half-mile is slightly on the ascent. The New Two yr's old Course is five furlongs.

REDCAR-Is an oval Course (perfectly flat), of fine old grass land, situate on the estate of A. K. T. Newcomen, Esq. The Round Course is about two miles in circumference, with a straight run in of five furloigs. The Mile Course is perfectly straight from start to finish, and runs into the Round Course at the five furlongs starting post; the first three fur: longs of the New straight mile Course are situate on the Earl of Zetland's estate. The Two years old Course is five furlongs, straight from start to finish, and of great width in every part. The Course is within ten minutes' walk of either the Town or Railway Station.

RICHMOND—Is an oval Course, measuring one mile and a half and 164 yards; there is a straight run in of about five furlongs. From the Grey stone it measures half a mile and 200 yards of straight running, rather against the hill, and finishing on the decline; from the lime-kiln gate, three-quarters of a mile and 100 yards. There is a substantial stone-built Stand, from which the whole Course is visible except about 100 yards. The Queen's Plate Course is two miles.

RIPON.—The Course is situate close to the City, on the Harrogate road. It is upwards of a mile round, and the run in, which is straight, is very slightly on the ascent. The T.Y.C. is five furlongs. There is a commodious Stand, from which the whole of the running can be seen, and the Course, which is of good width in every part, is railed all round.

SALISBURY.—The Mile Course is straight and flat, with the exception of a rise for the first 50 yards. The T.Y.C. is the last three-quarters of this straight Course. For the twomile Course the horses start beyond the Winning-chair, run past the chair and the Stand, and diverge to the left from the straight Course, which they re-enter at the T.Y.C. starting-post. The Queen's Plate Course is three miles.

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