Racecourses in Perth
The first mention of horseracing at Perth was the first running of The
Silver Bell in 1613. This was almost certainly on the Inch. Bonnie Prince
Charlie is said to have mingled with the crowd at the races on the Inch.
The first Official Returns from Perth appear in 1791.
These early meeting appear to have been linked to the Caledonian Hunt Club. The annual meeting that was held in September and was certainly at the time and for many years, almost up to the present day linked , to The Perth Balls.
There is a record of flat racing taking place in 1893 and for some years afterwards but this does not appear to have been under Jockey Club Rules.
In 1908 racing moved from the North Inch to Scone Palace Park, the first meeting was a two day meeting held in September of that year. The configuration of the course will have changed slightly over the years but there is little doubt that the main characteristics remain the same. Gradually the number of fixtures have increased from the original two days. Perth now enjoys eleven days racing.
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