As the nation goes ‘Racing crazy’ this weekend for the Tour De Yorkshire, down at Ripon Races it is very much ‘business as normal’ as they prepare for a different kind of racing and their first Saturday raceday of the season.

Alongside an afternoon of quality action on the track, the Racecourse will be showing full coverage of the Tour De Yorkshire alongside the jump season finale action from Sandown.

Ripon’s first Saturday meeting of the season has over £120,000 of prize money on offer, with £30,0000 up for grabs for the main event of the afternoon. The feature race ‘The Download The Free Attheraces App Handicap Stakes’, this contest for staying horses over 2 miles is often a stepping stone for potential Royal Ascot winners with Trip to Paris winning the race before winning the Ascot Gold Cup back in 2014.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said:

“We are delighted the Tour De Yorkshire is coming to Ripon and have worked closely with Welcome to Yorkshire to ensure our spectators will have no problems getting in or out of the Racecourse this Saturday”

Travel news with reference to Saturday’s racing and the Tour De Yorkshire: –

The Women’s race will have passed through Ripon Market Place by the time their gates open at 11.30am and the action will already be underway (our first race commences at 14.15pm) once the Men’s race enters the city (at approximately 16.15pm).

There will only be short road closures in place on the A61 at Ripley at approximately 09.30am to 10.30am and 14.15pm – 15.15pm and the main access route from the A1 is completely unaffected, with no travel restrictions whatsoever by the time the final race is completed by 17.40pm.

Other big news coming from the track is the return of our #FREEFRIDAY initiative in two weeks’ time. Last year’s event saw over 6000 racegoers turn out to enjoy a Friday evening of racing for FREE.  This year’s fixture takes place on Friday 12th May, with over 6000 people already registered to attend it is set to be another landmark event.

Register your FREE Friday place here


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