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WILLIAM HILL GREAT ST. WILFRID STAKES HEADS RIPON’S FEATURE DAY OF THE SEASON

 Ripon’s most valuable and iconic race of the season, The William Hill Great St. Wilfrid Stakes takes pride of place on a top-class card this Saturday, August 19th.

The famous Handicap for sprinters over six furlong will be the talk of the weekend’s action, with owners looking to land some of the £75,000 prize pot on offer for the big race.

It’s the most valuable raceday of the season at Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’ with total prize money of £150,000 up for grabs. The meeting also includes the fifth running of The William Hill Silver Trophy, a £20,000, ‘consolation’ race for the horses entered but unable to get into the feature race.

The successful owner in Saturday’s big race will receive a silver trophy depicting Ripon’s Patron Saint, St. Wilfrid, mounted on horseback along with a healthy first prize fund of over £43,575.

The winning trainer of the race will also be presented with the William Hill floral gala, a unique tribute inspired by that given to winner of the American ‘Breeders Cup. Introduced in 2016, the floral gala which is handmade by Ripon florist Rebecca Passman at Floral Pride is made with individual flower heads and will be displayed on course throughout the afternoon before presented to the winner of the race which takes place at 3:15pm. (Pictured)

Last year’s contest was won by ‘Nameitwhatyoulike’ who is entered again and set to challenge for back to back wins. Trainer Bryan Smart said : “He is in good order and working well at home, he loves the track at Ripon so we are hopeful he will run a good race”.

Vicky Smart, Wife of winning trainer Bryan Smart, said: “The highlight of last season for us was the floral award given by Ripon Racecourse to our Great St Wilfrid winner ‘Nameitwhatyoulike’. It made us feel like champions at the Kentucky Derby and was so fitting to the track which is so well known for its beautiful flowers.

“The floral gala was handmade locally with individual flower heads and was displayed with pride in our yard at Hambleton for weeks afterwards and was only removed when the first storm of autumn threatened to carry it across the North York Moors.”

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

“It’s one of our highlights of the season and something we build up to over a period with huge excitement. For the past six years the race has been won by Yorkshire trainers and the field is set to be full of talented Yorkshire sprinters once again”.

Racing on Saturday August 19th starts with the first of seven races at 2:05pm with entry from 11.30am. Racegoers can gain entry from just £7 per person in the ever popular Course Enclosure with FREE entry for accompanied u18’s into all enclosures.

Saturday’s musical entertainment on the bandstand is provided by The Otley Brass Band, together with a selection of rides such as bouncy castles and inflatables for children in the Course Enclosure alongside their permanent play area (weather dependant).

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.

 

Ripon residents have long celebrated their city’s connection with one­-time resident, Lewis Carroll

 the British author of the famed children’s fantasy novel, Alice’s’ Adventures in Wonderland.

Carroll is also well-­known for his obsession with madness and, it seems, it’s rubbing off. With Ripon Races set to hold their ‘Alice in Wonderland Family Raceday’ for the third year running.

Marketing Manager, Erin Boswell of Ripon Races­ who are also set to host their most prolific race of the season next Saturday, the William Hill Great St Wilfrid – admits to going slightly loopy with excitement for the ‘Alice in Wonderland Day’ event, which is free to all under 18s and could be said to be getting ‘curiouser and curiouser’ each year.

“The book – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland -­ has a special place in the hearts of us here with such close links to the City” said Erin, “This is the third year we have held our ‘Alice in Wonderland Day’ and it gets bigger and better every year. It’s a great day out for all the family, with lots on for the Children alongside some quality action on the track.”

As well as enjoying an afternoon of racing, little ones can go crazy with a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ which is to be staged at 1.15pm. Children are encouraged to bring their picnics and join in with Alice and friends before an afternoon of fun and games. The Racecourse also have tea cup rides, bouncy castles, balloon modelling and face painting.

The main event of the afternoon is the kids fancy dress competition for both over and under 6s, with some ‘wonderful prizes’ up for grabs including Lightwater Valley Passes and racing packages. Adults need not get ‘down, down, down’ in the dumps though; with prizes for ‘Best Adult Costume’ for over 18s and perhaps a little bet on the gee-­gees, everybody is catered for.

The gates on Monday open at 12:00pm with the first of six races starting at 14:00pm, with FREE entry and FREE fun for all accompanied under 18’s. Adult admission is available from £7 per person in the Course Enclosure, or £20 (inc admission for four) perfect for those picnics with the family.

 

Ripon continue racing next week on Saturday 19th for one of the most highly anticipated sprints of the season, the ‘William Hill Great St Wilfrid’. The day which is Ripon’s most valuable raceday of the season has over £150,000 of prize money on offer, with the winner of the prolific sprint also presented with a unique handmade floral gala.

 

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.

 

FREE ENTRY AND FUN AT RIPON RACES ANNUAL CHILDREN’S DAY

With the summer holidays now in full flow, what better way to spend a day with the family than at Ripon’s annual ‘Children’s’ Day on Monday. The event held this year on the 7th August, not only has FREE entry for all accompanied under 18’s but there are lots of FREE fun and goodies too!

Very much an established part of August’s Yorkshire racing calendar, the course have a fun filled afternoon of activities planned for children in the Course Enclosure. The main attraction for the children will be the cute and furry friends brought by The Riggamoor Mini Farm, along with a variety of funfair rides and bouncy castles as part of the afternoon’s FREE entertainment.

The freebies don’t stop there either, each child will be given a FREE ice cream and the racecourse will also be offering (while stocks last!) FREE kids activity packs with race cards and sweets for the youngsters to help them learn all about horse racing.

The Racing Roadshow will also be in the course enclosure for racegoers of all ages to learn about horses, jockeys and racing in general. ‘Racing to Schools’, an organisation dedicated to helping children understand the wonderful world of racing will also be providing an equicisor for you to test your own jockey skills. (see photo)

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

“Our annual Children’s Day is the perfect day out for all the family and a great introduction for new racegoers. We have a fantastic afternoon of racing planned and lots of fun as always for the junior racegoers. What better way to start a fantastic month of racing here at Ripon!”

Turning to the racing, the days feature race is ‘The Armstrong Memorial Handicap Stakes’ a race for three-year-olds over six furlongs. This year commemorates the 61st running of the Armstrong Memorial race and is supported by the Armstrong Family, one of the country’s most famous racing dynasties.

The Armstrong family has strong links with racing in Yorkshire, with the late brothers Sam and Gerald Armstrong both well recognised as legendary Yorkshire trainers, Sam having also trained in Newmarket.

Colin Armstrong, son of late trainer Gerald, is an active director of Ripon Race Company and is also the genius behind the much loved local tourist attraction ‘The Forbidden Corner’ at Middleham.

The gates on Monday open at 12.15pm with the first of seven races starting at 2.15pm, with FREE entry for all accompanied under 18’s. Adult admission is available from £7 per person in the Course Enclosure, or £20 (inc admission for four) perfect for those picnics with the family.

Ripon next race for their Alice in Wonderland Family day the following Monday on 14th August before they host their traditional ‘William Hill Great St Wilfrid’ meeting on Saturday 19th August. It’s their most valuable raceday of the season and is one of the most highly anticipated sprints of the season with over £150,000 of prize money on offer that afternoon.

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.
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Ripon Races are a flat turf racecourse, one of nine racecourses in Yorkshire. They hold 17 race meetings in 2017, from April to September with a variety of evening, weekend and family fun race days.

The race meeting on Monday 7th August starts at 14.15pm with the gates open from 12.15pm and the last of 7 races at 17.15pm.

Website: www.ripon-races.co.uk