Category Archives: Ripon

Visit Ripon’ Community Raceday – Monday 16th July

Ripon Racecourse is preparing to host the inaugural ‘Visit Ripon’ Community Raceday on Monday 16th July. The event will see a number of local attractions join forces at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse to showcase what they each have to offer and to collectively promote the City of Ripon as a destination.
Ripon Cathedral, Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon Museums, Lightwater Valley and Fountains Abbey will each sponsor a race on the day and will have trade stands set up on course where racegoers can obtain information and insight about their attractions and the City of Ripon.
Richard Compton, owner of Newby Hall, is delighted to be involved saying:
“It is a privilege to be involved with the inaugural Visit Ripon race day on the 16th July. Ripon has such a lot to offer for visitors we hope that all the attractions being represented on race day will show the world what a great place our corner of Yorkshire is”.
Linda Furniss, Market Development Manager at Ripon Museums, is also embracing the opportunity:
“Although many of the inmates of the workhouse and prison wouldn’t have had the opportunity for a day at the races, we are looking forward to the Ripon Museums Handicap. It’s a great opportunity to promote our three museums and we will be there dressed in museum character to add fun and colour to the day”.
James Hutchinson, Managing Director of Ripon Racecourse said:
“We thought it would be beneficial to use one of our racedays to bring the members of the Visit Ripon group together and work with them to promote the City of Ripon, which has a very rich heritage and strong community spirit.
“Ripon is renowned for its customs and traditions such as the Hornblower, Bell-Ringer, the Wakeman and the St Wilfrid Procession and has a lot to offer. We hope that by joining forces with other fantastic attractions in the area on the ‘Visit Ripon’ Community Raceday, we can promote Ripon as a destination and benefit the local community.
“Here’s hoping for a great afternoon of racing and community spirit at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse!”.
Gates open: 12.15
First Race: 2.15 (seven races with the last race scheduled for 5.25)
Prices (if booked in advance): Club Enclosure £22, Paddock £14, Course £6.

Ripon Ladies’ Day – ‘The Royal Ascot Of The North’

As the nation gears up for a big week of sporting action with Royal Ascot and England kicking off their World Cup Campaign, Ripon Races stage their very own ‘Royal Ascot of the North’ as they host two-days of action with a fantastic evening of racing on Wednesday 20th June followed by their annual Ladies’ Day on Thursday 21st June.

Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse has again teamed up with Stray FM and Heli-jet to offer four racegoers the chance to win the ultimate VIP day at the races. Not only does the winner win full hospitality for four people, they will also be transported to the racecourse by helicopter! Entries close on 17th June with Harrogate based radio station Stray FM taking entries online.

https://www.strayfm.com/win/riponracesladiesday.php

One of the highlights of the afternoon is the traditional ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Best Hat’ competitions, with prizes courtesy of and judged by sponsors Snooty Frox and Milliner Jenny Roberts, both of Harrogate.

Ripon hosted the first ever recorded race for Lady Amateur riders back in 1723 so, in keeping with the theme, Ladies’ Day is a fitting stage for the historic ‘Ladies’ Derby’ – an amateur race for Lady Riders only. The blacktype.bet Ladies’ Day Handicap and the Slingsby Gin Handicap are other feature races on a highly competitive card.

Ripon also host an evening of racing on Wednesday 20th, the meeting features six races including the ‘Wells Memorial Challenge Trophy’. blacktype.bet are sponsors on the night and with the World Cup in full swing, they will be running a charity penalty shootout for jockeys, stable staff and racegoers with donations made for each penalty scored past ex-Professional stopper David Preece.

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

“Ladies’ Day is always a highlight of our racing calendar and we are thrilled to be able to offer racegoers the chance to do it in real style in conjunction with Stray FM! We have some great competitions over both days and some fantastic sponsors so we’re looking forward to a terrific occasion’

You can keep up to date with all the latest news and offers from Ripon racecourse on their social media pages, or by visiting their website. Website: www.ripon-races.co.uk

Super Saturday in store at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse

Hot on the heels of their successful season-opening fixture, Ripon are gearing up for their first feature meeting of 2018 on Saturday 28th April and a fantastic afternoon of action is on the cards, with over £120,000 in prize money up for grabs at ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’.

The M.C.H. Hutchinson Memorial Handicap over 1m4f and the Download the Award-Winning At The Races App Handicap over 2m are the feature races of the afternoon and Ripon Champion Trainer of 2016 and 2017, Tim Easterby, is pondering both options for the reappearance of his Chester Cup hopeful My Reward.

“I’m not 100% sure which of the two races My Reward will run in just yet,” said Easterby. “He won the two-mile handicap last year and he likes the track. He’s in good order and I hope he can make a pleasing reappearance as a stepping stone on to the Chester Cup next month.”

The North-Yorkshire based trainer is also hopeful of a big run from a popular Ripon regular Flying Pursuit, who makes his return to action in the At The Races Sky 415 Handicap.

“He’s in great form for his first run of the season,” commented Easterby. “He’s won three times over the course and distance, we know he loves the track and the ground will be fine for him so I’d be very hopeful of a good run from him on Saturday.”

In addition to the quality racing action, there will be music from the Wetherby & District Silver Band and our charity partners for the day, British Red Cross Yorkshire and Cancer Research UK, will also be on course.

Looking ahead to May, Ripon are hosting their popular FREE Friday evening fixture on 11th May, as part of an initiative to encourage first-time racegoers to enjoy a taste of the sport. This is the third year that Ripon has offered racegoers the opportunity to come for free and the feedback from previous visitors, particularly those experiencing racing for the first time, has proved highly positive.

The following weekend then sees Ripon stage the first of their four annual Family Days on Sunday 20th May, with traditional entertainment on offer for all ages.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said: “We are very much looking forward to our first feature raceday of 2018. With plenty of prize money on offer it promises to be a great Saturday afternoon of racing.”

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

Website: www.ripon-races.co.uk

Saturday in store at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse

Hot on the heels of their successful season-opening fixture, Ripon are gearing up for their first feature meeting of 2018 on Saturday 28th April and a fantastic afternoon of action is on the cards, with over £120,000 in prize money up for grabs at ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’.

The M.C.H. Hutchinson Memorial Handicap over 1m4f and the Download the Award-Winning At The Races App Handicap over 2m are the feature races of the afternoon and Ripon Champion Trainer of 2016 and 2017, Tim Easterby, is pondering both options for the reappearance of his Chester Cup hopeful My Reward.

“I’m not 100% sure which of the two races My Reward will run in just yet,” said Easterby. “He won the two-mile handicap last year and he likes the track. He’s in good order and I hope he can make a pleasing reappearance as a stepping stone on to the Chester Cup next month.”

The North-Yorkshire based trainer is also hopeful of a big run from a popular Ripon regular Flying Pursuit, who makes his return to action in the At The Races Sky 415 Handicap.

“He’s in great form for his first run of the season,” commented Easterby. “He’s won three times over the course and distance, we know he loves the track and the ground will be fine for him so I’d be very hopeful of a good run from him on Saturday.”

In addition to the quality racing action, there will be music from the Wetherby & District Silver Band and our charity partners for the day, British Red Cross Yorkshire and Cancer Research UK, will also be on course.

Looking ahead to May, Ripon are hosting their popular FREE Friday evening fixture on 11th May, as part of an initiative to encourage first-time racegoers to enjoy a taste of the sport. This is the third year that Ripon has offered racegoers the opportunity to come for free and the feedback from previous visitors, particularly those experiencing racing for the first time, has proved highly positive.

The following weekend then sees Ripon stage the first of their four annual Family Days on Sunday 20th May, with traditional entertainment on offer for all ages.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said: “We are very much looking forward to our first feature raceday of 2018. With plenty of prize money on offer it promises to be a great Saturday afternoon of racing.”

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

Website: www.ripon-races.co.uk