There’s fun for all at the annual Press Family Sunday at York Racecourse (Sunday 8 September), including valuable prize money for a seven-race thoroughbred card worth approaching £150,000.

The feature race, the Listed LNER supporting CALM Garrowby Stakes alone, backed by locally based train operator, LNER, in support of their charity partner, offers £50,000.

Back by popular demand to the day is children’s favourite, Chase, from the hit show, Paw Patrol, who will make appearances at intervals throughout the day on the Knavesmire.

The only Sunday of the season sees the return of the Finals as young riders take part in the Charles Owen Pony Racing Series.

It is a full day out for both the novice and regular racegoer and those under 18 years of age will be admitted free of charge into all enclosures, though the under 16s will need to be accompanied. Continuing from the previous years is the popular offer of a single admission combining both the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure with the improved Clocktower Enclosure for just £13. This will enable racegoers bringing a traditional picnic into the Clocktower Enclosure to enjoy their lunch and then take advantage of the special ‘picnic hamper cloakroom’ and then cross over the track to see the horses close up in the Parade Ring and sample the facilities on the stands side.

Also, for this special family meeting, the County Stand dress code is relaxed, with smart casual being the advice.

The action on the track begins at 12.50p.m. with a couple of races, the respective Conditions Finals in the 2019 Charles Owen Pony Racing Series, showcasing the talents of the next generation of riders.

Racing under rules starts at 1.50pm with the long term partners, Coopers Marquees backing a competitive looking handicap. At the close of play, the advertising agency used by the course, SHA & Carat, back an apprentice contest that forms part of the “Future Stars” Series created by Go Racing in Yorkshire.

In between, the card also remembers a regular York racegoer as the family and friends of Judith Marshall, continue to give their support to a race that carries her name.

Sprinters take part in the afternoon’s richest race, LNER supporting CALM Garrowby Stakes, this is the eighth running of this Listed race run over six furlongs, won last year by Limato for Henry Candy’s yard. Stayers have their opportunity in The Little Green Rascals Children’s Nurseries Stakes (a handicap contest over two miles), which sees the leading local nursery group continue on the roster of York supporter on the most appropriate of days. The sporting action also includes a chance for those whose specialism is the middle distance as Hanson Springs return to support the race run over the mile and a quarter trip.

The ongoing support of the European Breeders’ Fund is recognised in a pair of contests, part of their generous twenty-two race backing of the action at York of the season.

The final contest for the upcoming jockeys is part of the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ Future Stars Apprentice Series – now in its seventh year – which culminates in a Final at Doncaster in November. Coming into this race, two time winner, Kieran Schofield, leads by three points from Harry Russell, but with the legs at York and Catterick plus the Final itself still to go, there are still enough races for the situation to change.

The Racing Interactive Zone will offer the chance to ride a virtual racehorse, to try on racing silks, question our experts and enter a colouring competition. Meanwhile, the retired racehorses are former stars of the track waiting to meet racegoers.

New this year is a range of Giant Inflatables such as the Giraffe Slide and Jungle Run, joining the perennial favourites, the bouncy castles, in the Big Top Entertainment Zone. The energetic can have a go at Zorb football, whilst those wanting a seat can take to the cab of one of the mighty machines from Diggerland.

Proven popular in recent years is Sam’s Safari, the chance to get close nature as well the face painting competition.

Younger racegoers can enjoy a Pony Ride either by using a voucher in the racecard or by paying a small charge. This is the only activity with a “top up charge” this year, after the Racecourse decided to include the other entertainments in the ticket price, bringing their operation more in-house and so not having the outdoor funfair rides this year.

‘Tommo’ – well-known broadcaster, Derek Thompson will share his knowledge of the sport. Listen out for his racing guide and be ready to say hello and see yourself on the big screens as he roams the stands.

Three-course Sunday lunches are being served from noon or you might want to enjoy a fresh sandwich on one of the many lawns; whatever your culinary choice, a great afternoon awaits.

York Racecourse Crowned Racecourse Of The Year

  • York Racecourse voted Racecourse Of The Year by the Racegoers Club, British Racing’s official supporters Club.
  • Official presentation took place on day one of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

York Racecourse has been crowned Racecourse Of The Year for the third year running by the Racegoers Club, the official supporters Club for British Racing fans.

On Juddmonte International Day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, three of the longest serving members of the York Racecourse team; Karen Dunbar, Alison Storey and Annette Wilks joined track Chairman, Lord Grimthorpe, to be presented with a commemorative plaque to celebrate their win in the Racegoers Club Racecourse of the Year Competition.

The award celebrates all aspects of the customer experience and asks Club members to nominate their favourite racecourse with this high benchmark in mind. One Club member said of York, “The staff at York are the most welcoming and helpful on any racecourse. We went to three days of the Ebor Festival and each day was enhanced by the wonderful staff.”

William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York Racecourse, said “The Racegoers Club is a fantastic organisation which represents a membership who are committed followers of the sport with horseracing being both their hobby and passion. To be ranked as number one by some of the most knowledgeable visitors to Britain’s many great racecourses is a real honour.

“To retain the accolade of ‘Racecourse of the Year’ for three consecutive seasons is such a huge tribute to the hard work of so many that make racing at York such a special experience.”

Matthew Jones from the Racegoers Club said “It was an honour to attend day one of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York racecourse. This is the third year in a row that our members have voted for York to be their champion racecourse, and with the raceday experience that is offered at every fixture it isn’t hard to see why.”

For more information, please contact Matthew Jones— or 07791 562031


Daniel Tudhope today secured a century of winners in the season for the first time in his career with his victory on World Title at Ripon Racecourse.

The win marked a double on the day, after securing victory with Hot Affair in the opening race and resulted in his 19th win at Ripon and therefore his highest-performing racecourse of the campaign.

Tudhope, reached the 100-mark from 465 rides, and surpasses his previous season tallies of 92 in 2018, 93 in 2017 and 60 in 2016.

The 33-year-old is going head to head with Oisin Murphy to become Champion Jockey for the first time in their careers.

On reaching the milestone, he said: “It’s the first time in my career I have reached 100 wins for the season, so it’s a massive achievement for me personally. It has been a fantastic year for me so far, and I will keep trying my hardest to achieve my dream of becoming Champion Jockey.”

Stand-out performances for the Tudhope this season include four wins at Royal Ascot – most notably with Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne Stakes, which forms part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series.

His most successful trainer partnership has been with David O’Meara, with the pair enjoying 43 victories together, and he has earned over £2.2m in prize money.

Performing at a strike-rate of 22%, Tudhope now sits 18 wins behind current-leader Murphy, but 29 clear of three-time Champion Jockey, Silvestre De Sousa who is in third place – see the latest 2019 Flat Jockeys’ Championship table here.

The 2019 Champion Flat Jockey will be crowned on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 19th October. For more info & tickets, please visit:

With thanks to Great British Racing for the editorial and graphic.