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Ripon to Send Off Summer in Style

It has been an action-packed 2019 at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse and with 16 fixtures already completed, all that remains is to end the year in style with the Beer and BBQ Festival meeting, in conjunction with Theakston Brewery, on Saturday 28th September.
The action on the track is sure to be highly competitive, with almost £80,000 in prize money up for grabs. The feature race of the day, the 6f ‘Ripon Cathedral City of the Dales Handicap’, is a fast and furious affair which attracts some of the best sprinters in the North
At the Theakston’s Beer Festival, situated in the Paddock Enclosure, racegoers will be able to sample ten of Masham’s finest beers. There will also be a pop-up BBQ with live music on the bandstand from the Ripon City Band and on the Claro lawn from fantastic local artist Rob Hiscoe.
James Hutchinson, Managing Director of Ripon Racecourse said:
“The end of season Beer and BBQ Festival has become a real highlight of our season. The 2019 season has fairly flown by! We have had a fantastic summer and what better way to end than with a fun afternoon of great racing, BBQ and beer!
“We are delighted to be working with Theakston Brewery of Masham once more. It is brilliant that as local businesses we can support each other and together we hope to put on a fantastic afternoon for our racegoers”.
Victoria Bramley, Marketing Manager at Theakston Ltd said:
“It is great to be coming back to Ripon Races once more. The Beer Festival is a fantastic event which is becoming increasingly popular year on year and it is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our products. Hopefully this year will be the best yet!”.

Due to the UCI World Championships some traffic disruption is possible. We recommend using the A1M and turning off at Junction 48 ‘Boroughbridge’ as no problems are expected on this route. Full details of road closures can be found here:


Ripon’s most iconic race, The William Hill Great St. Wilfrid Handicap Stakes takes pride of place on an excellent card next Saturday, August 17th. The ITV4 cameras will be present for the most valuable raceday of the season at Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’, with total prize money of £150,000 up for grabs.

The famous six-furlong Handicap has now been sponsored by William Hill for 26 years, their longest standing sports sponsorship and with £75,000 prize money on offer the 2019 renewal is sure to be fiercely competitive. The meeting also includes the seventh running of The William Hill Silver Trophy Handicap, a £20,000 ‘consolation’ race for the horses balloted out of the William Hill Great St. Wilfrid.

William Hill Spokesperson, Rupert Adams said: “We are very proud sponsors of the Great St Wilfrid Handicap, which delivers for us on a yearly basis. Amazingly this is our 26th year, by far the longest standing sponsorship in our portfolio and one we look forward to continuing with.”

The last nine winners of the historic contest have been trained in Yorkshire and with the likes of Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey and David O’Meara all likely to have multiple entries, who would bet against the trophy remaining in Yorkshire for a ninth consecutive year?

Last year’s contest was won by Gunmetal, trained locally in Maunby by David Barron and a bid to become only the second horse to win the race back-to-back is very much on the cards but Barron does have one eye on the skies.

His trainer David Barron said: “He’s in very good form, he’ll definitely be entered and the plan is to go and do exactly what he did last year. The potential problem would be soft ground. He prefers decent ground so we’re hoping there’s not too much rain in the next week”.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said:

“William Hill Great St Wilfrid day is always an occasion we really look forward to and we’re very proud to be William Hill’s longest standing sports sponsorship. For the past nine years the race has been won by Yorkshire-based trainers and Yorkshire looks likely to be very strongly represented once again”.

Racing on Saturday August 17th starts with the first of seven races at 1:30pm with entry from 11.00am. Racegoers can gain entry from just £7 per person in the ever popular Course Enclosure with FREE entry for accompanied Under 18’s into all enclosures.

Saturday’s musical entertainment on the bandstand is provided by The Summerbridge and Dacre Band and there will be bouncy castles for children in the Course Enclosure

You can keep up to date with all the latest news and offers from the course on their social media pages, or by visiting their website.

Tickets can be pre-booked for discounts or adult admission is available on the gates from £7 per person in the Course Enclosure (or Car to Course £20 – up to 4 adults), £17 in the Paddock and £26 for the Club Enclosure.


Our second of three Sunday meetings takes place on 28th July as we host our Lookalike Legends Family Day. After a hugely successful Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day in June, we are looking forward to another busy meeting and have even more going on for the crowds to get enjoy.

This meeting is also the last meeting of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival 2019 and we have seven fantastic races to wrap it up. The Festival kicks off on Saturday 20th July at Ripon with seven other Yorkshire Racecourses playing host to a further nine meetings over nine days.

Joining us on our Lookalike Legends day are three fantastic tribute acts who will be playing throughout the day. Classic Kylie (12.00-12.40), TotOlly Murs (12.50-13.30) will be performing prior to racing and the final act, Totally Take That (17.50-18.40), hit the stage after the conclusion of our final race.

As all of our family days, we will have a children’s funfair, free sweets, children’s racecards, pony rides, face painting, bus trips to the start of races and loads more for the kids to enjoy. If it’s a fun day out with the family you’re after, this is the place to be.

The feature on track is The Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Pomfret Stakes and is our third listed race of the season, and was won last year by Big Country, who went on to run in Group races in Norway and Sweden. That victory was the second of four on the day for Silvestre De Sousa and trainer Michael Appleby. Champion jockey, De Sousa, has already enjoyed success at Ponte this season having ridden a treble here in June. Their first winner of last year’s meeting came in the way of Michele Strogoff who won well in our third race of the day.

The meeting kicks off with The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes run over 5 furlongs and won last year by Richard Fahey’s Flawless Jewel who bolted up to win by an astonishing 16 lengths. Fahey was top trainer for last year’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival and will certainly have his eye on retaining the prize this year.

The ITV7 Starts Now Handicap Stakes is our second race on the card and has been won by David Allan and Tim Easterby for the past two years, most recently with Multellie. The final race of the afternoon is The Fly High Faye Nickels Handicap Stakes and was won convincingly by Classic Pursuit to seal a four-timer for De Sousa. Following this race, the top trainer and jockey of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival will be presented with a prize (unless this has been decided prior to Sunday 28th).  Join us for the finale of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival on what promises to be a fun filled day! We are offering a family ticket for just £25 which admits 2 adults and their children (under 18) into the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure. Head to to secure your tickets now.