Known as Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’, Ripon is renowned for its colourful flowerbeds and well-kept lawns. Ripon is very much a family racecourse and hosts a vast array of race days to suit all parties and ages, along with some top quality racing. One of Ripon’s season highlights is their FREE Friday meeting on Friday 11 May, with FREE entry into the Paddock and Course Enclosures. Ripon is the perfect introduction for any new or junior racegoer, with four family days throughout the season, including on August Bank Holiday Monday.
With lots of entertainment for families including a visit from the National Festival Circus on Sunday 20th May., the annual Alice in Wonderland day on Monday 13 August and a visit from the Riggamoor Mini Farm on their annual children’s day on 6th August.
Ripon kicks of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival on Sat 21 July and also hosts one of the top sprints in Yorkshire on Sat 18th August – the William Hill Gt St Wilfred Hanidcap.
Come join us for a summer of entertainment and experience the excitement for yourself.
Ripon Race Co. Ltd, The Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1UG
Managing Director & Clerk of the Course - James Hutchinson
Commercial Manager – Jane Hutchinson, Marketing Manager – Johnathan Mullin,
FREE Friday – Fri 11May
Ladies Day -Thur 21 June
Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival – Sat 21 July
The William Hill Great St Wilfred – Sat 18 August
Alice in Wonderland Day – Mon 13 August
Bank Holiday Fun Day – Mon 27 August
Although racing on the present site began on 6 August 1900, there have been several courses in the Ripon area, with the sport having been recorded taking place on Bondgate Green in 1664. Ripon staged Britain’s first race for lady riders in 1723 and was the first course in the land to have a children’s playground (there are now two) and host the first-ever Children’s Day meeting which continues to this day in August.
Several of Ripon’s race titles reflect the rich local history of the city – the Horn Blower Stakes, the Bell-Ringer Stakes and the Ripon Rowels Stakes, while the feature race of the season, the Great St. Wilfrid Handicap Stakes in August is named after the Patron Saint of Ripon. The Gold Trophy presented for the Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy was given to the racecourse by Jim Joel, one of the leading owner/breeders of the 20th Century, whose colours were carried to victory in many big races, including the Derby and Grand National.