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New Dates For The Summer Festival

New dates have been announced for the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, sponsored by Sky Bet.  The 2023 festival will now start at Pontefract’s evening meeting on Friday 21st July, where racegoers will be treated to some competitive racing and afterwards, a performance by Dreams of Fleetwood Mac.

The festival will culminate at York’s Music Showcase weekend on Saturday 29th July where racing highlights include the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes and Craig David will be in action on the stage.

During the festival week, racing takes place at eight of Yorkshire’s racecourses over the nine day period and explaining the change to the fixtures, Go Racing In Yorkshire Chairman, Ben Warn said,

“Pontefract’s evening fixture of racing combined with music ensures we can get the festival off to a good start, setting the scene for the family fun week it will be.  We are delighted that Sky Bet are continuing to sponsor the festival and it makes sense to finish the festival at York, where they sponsor the full card.”

Taking place during the first week of the Summer Holidays younger racegoers can enjoy a Circus Family Fun day at Redcar on Sunday 23rd July, as well as family fun activities at Thirsk on Friday 28th July.  Accompanied under 18’s are admitted free to all of the fixtures and admission starts from as little as £5.

In addition to music on the opening and closing days of the festival, The Human League will be taking to the stage after evening racing at York on Friday 28th July.

Sky Bet, who have sponsored the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival since it began have committed to a further three year sponsorship deal with Go Racing In Yorkshire.

Michael Shinners, Head of Sports PR said,

“We’re looking forward to another great week of racing at the Summer Festival.  It’s a fabulous showcase of the Yorkshire courses and a special week in the Yorkshire racing calendar.  It highlights everything that is great about racing in the county.”

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