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A Shining Week For Yorkshire Racing

Sun was the order of the week for the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, sponsored by Sky Bet, which finished at Pontefract Racecourse on Sunday 25th July.

Competitive racing and the return of crowds ensured something that resembled normality as crowds came from near and far to celebrate racing in Yorkshire.

There was hot competition to be leading trainer of the week, sponsored by Goldsborough Hall and leading jockey of the week, sponsored by Sky Bet, with the former going down to the final day, but a double for David O’Meara secured his victory.  His prize includes dinner and overnight stay at Goldsborough Hall.

Connor Beasley took the honours as Sky Bet leading jockey for the first time and wins £1,000 and in a new initiative also sponsored by Sky Bet, the Jedd O’Keeffe yard won the award for the best turned out horses throughout the week.  They will receive £1,000 to share between the staff as well as a visit from the pizza trailer, regularly seen at Yorkshire’s courses, to celebrate.

Michael Shinners, Head of Sports PR at Sky Bet said,

“It has been a fantastic nine days of racing and the weather has been incredibly kind.  The action on the track was fantastic, the highlight being Bangkok’s win in the Sky Bet York Stakes.

We have a new winner of the Sky Bet top jockey prize and David O’Meara has regained the leading trainer title.  The new initiative for the best turned out yard has been won by Jedd O’Keeffe and there has been an excellent standard of turnout this week.

It is great to have crowds back and we look forward to a returning in 2022.”

The Sky Bet ‘Paddock and Chips’ competition made a welcome return and for the second time in a row the football chipping skills of Cam Hardie made him the clear winner, earning an overnight stay at Goldsborough Hall.

The dates for 2022 are Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th July.