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York Racecourse Crowned Racecourse Of The Year

  • York Racecourse voted Racecourse Of The Year by the Racegoers Club, British Racing’s official supporters Club.
  • Official presentation took place on day one of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

York Racecourse has been crowned Racecourse Of The Year for the third year running by the Racegoers Club, the official supporters Club for British Racing fans.

On Juddmonte International Day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, three of the longest serving members of the York Racecourse team; Karen Dunbar, Alison Storey and Annette Wilks joined track Chairman, Lord Grimthorpe, to be presented with a commemorative plaque to celebrate their win in the Racegoers Club Racecourse of the Year Competition.

The award celebrates all aspects of the customer experience and asks Club members to nominate their favourite racecourse with this high benchmark in mind. One Club member said of York, “The staff at York are the most welcoming and helpful on any racecourse. We went to three days of the Ebor Festival and each day was enhanced by the wonderful staff.”

William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York Racecourse, said “The Racegoers Club is a fantastic organisation which represents a membership who are committed followers of the sport with horseracing being both their hobby and passion. To be ranked as number one by some of the most knowledgeable visitors to Britain’s many great racecourses is a real honour.

“To retain the accolade of ‘Racecourse of the Year’ for three consecutive seasons is such a huge tribute to the hard work of so many that make racing at York such a special experience.”

Matthew Jones from the Racegoers Club said “It was an honour to attend day one of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York racecourse. This is the third year in a row that our members have voted for York to be their champion racecourse, and with the raceday experience that is offered at every fixture it isn’t hard to see why.”

For more information, please contact Matthew Jones— or 07791 562031


Daniel Tudhope today secured a century of winners in the season for the first time in his career with his victory on World Title at Ripon Racecourse.

The win marked a double on the day, after securing victory with Hot Affair in the opening race and resulted in his 19th win at Ripon and therefore his highest-performing racecourse of the campaign.

Tudhope, reached the 100-mark from 465 rides, and surpasses his previous season tallies of 92 in 2018, 93 in 2017 and 60 in 2016.

The 33-year-old is going head to head with Oisin Murphy to become Champion Jockey for the first time in their careers.

On reaching the milestone, he said: “It’s the first time in my career I have reached 100 wins for the season, so it’s a massive achievement for me personally. It has been a fantastic year for me so far, and I will keep trying my hardest to achieve my dream of becoming Champion Jockey.”

Stand-out performances for the Tudhope this season include four wins at Royal Ascot – most notably with Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne Stakes, which forms part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series.

His most successful trainer partnership has been with David O’Meara, with the pair enjoying 43 victories together, and he has earned over £2.2m in prize money.

Performing at a strike-rate of 22%, Tudhope now sits 18 wins behind current-leader Murphy, but 29 clear of three-time Champion Jockey, Silvestre De Sousa who is in third place – see the latest 2019 Flat Jockeys’ Championship table here.

The 2019 Champion Flat Jockey will be crowned on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 19th October. For more info & tickets, please visit:

With thanks to Great British Racing for the editorial and graphic.


Popular sprinter Danzeno is reported in rude health for a possible tilt at the £65,000 William Hill Beverley Bullet on Saturday.

The Group Three-winning eight-year-old, trained in Rutland by Mick Appleby, is one of 18 possible runners for Beverley’s most prestigious race of the season.

Danzeno would arrive at Beverley in good nick, too, having won twice already this season.

He also finished third in both the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash at the same track on August 10.

Appleby said: “He’s in great form and has done really well since the Shergar Cup Day, when he was a bit unlucky, really.

“He’s never run at Beverley before, but I’m sure he’ll handle the track nicely if he does run in the Beverley Bullet.

“He’s been in great form this season, and this looks a good race for him with great prize-money on offer. It’s all ground dependent at the minute, though.

“Hopefully they get some rain before the weekend. There are some thunderstorms forecast at the end of the week and that will help him no end.

“If they do get the rain, he’ll go to Beverley with a very good chance of winning.”

Danzeno is William Hill’s 7-2 second favourite, behind the Clive Cox-trained Tis Marvellous (9-4f).

Others prominent in the market include Paul Midgley’s Tarboosh (6-1), the Charlie Hills-trained Equilateral (8-1) and Beverley course-record holder Judicial (9-1), trained by Julie Camacho.

The now-retired Take Cover has won the Listed Beverley Bullet for the last two years, but his former trained David Griffiths could still be represented on Saturday with Ornate (12-1).

The big race at the weekend is the centrepiece for Beverley’s richest ever raceday that will also feature the £52,000 William Hill Silver Cup Handicap over a mile and a quarter.

Ante-post favourite is the William Haggas-trained Country, who has won his last three races and is a 2-1 chance with William Hill.

Stablemate Desert Icon is also short in the betting at odds of 9-2, while Sir Michael Stoute could saddle the unexposed Solid Stone (4-1) in a maximum field of 12 runners.