As the nation gears up for a big week of sporting action with Royal Ascot and England kicking off their World Cup Campaign, Ripon Races stage their very own ‘Royal Ascot of the North’ as they host two-days of action with a fantastic evening of racing on Wednesday 20th June followed by their annual Ladies’ Day on Thursday 21st June.
Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse has again teamed up with Stray FM and Heli-jet to offer four racegoers the chance to win the ultimate VIP day at the races. Not only does the winner win full hospitality for four people, they will also be transported to the racecourse by helicopter! Entries close on 17th June with Harrogate based radio station Stray FM taking entries online.
One of the highlights of the afternoon is the traditional ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Best Hat’ competitions, with prizes courtesy of and judged by sponsors Snooty Frox and Milliner Jenny Roberts, both of Harrogate.
Ripon hosted the first ever recorded race for Lady Amateur riders back in 1723 so, in keeping with the theme, Ladies’ Day is a fitting stage for the historic ‘Ladies’ Derby’ – an amateur race for Lady Riders only. The blacktype.bet Ladies’ Day Handicap and the Slingsby Gin Handicap are other feature races on a highly competitive card.
Ripon also host an evening of racing on Wednesday 20th, the meeting features six races including the ‘Wells Memorial Challenge Trophy’. blacktype.bet are sponsors on the night and with the World Cup in full swing, they will be running a charity penalty shootout for jockeys, stable staff and racegoers with donations made for each penalty scored past ex-Professional stopper David Preece.
James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said:
“Ladies’ Day is always a highlight of our racing calendar and we are thrilled to be able to offer racegoers the chance to do it in real style in conjunction with Stray FM! We have some great competitions over both days and some fantastic sponsors so we’re looking forward to a terrific occasion’
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