Known as Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’, Ripon is renowned for its colourful flowerbeds and well-kept lawns.
Ripon is very much an inclusive family racecourse and hosts an array of race days to suit all parties and ages, along with some top quality racing.
One of Ripon’s season highlights in 2020 is the VE Day Bank Holiday Friday Evening meeting on Friday 8th May, with entry into the Course Enclosures for just £5 there’s loads going on to keep the whole family entertained.
Ripon is the perfect introduction for any new or junior racegoer, with five family days throughout the season, including Traditional Family Day on Sunday 17th May and August Bank Holiday Monday.
The season kicks off with Easter Family Day Thursday 16th April and the amazing Family Brick Adventure returns on Monday 10th August.
Ripon also hosts the opening day of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival on Sat 18th July and one of the top sprints in Yorkshire on Sat 15th August – the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap. Come and join us for a summer of entertainment and experience the excitement for yourself.
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.
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