As the nation gears up for a week of action at Royal Ascot, Ripon Races are getting into the spirit with their very own ‘Royal Ascot of the North’ as they host two-days of action including their annual Ladies’ Day on the same day as the Berkshire course.
The North Yorkshire course, otherwise known as ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’ is set to host their annual two-day Ladies’ Day meeting, with an evening of racing on Wednesday 21st, before they host their Ladies’ Day on Thursday 22nd June.
To launch the event, the Racecourse have 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, the lucky winner will be brought to the racecourse by helicopter to really get into the spirit of Royal Ascot! Entries close on 18th June with Harrogate based radio station Stray FM taking entries online.
One of the main 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.
Turning attention to the racing, Thursday’s Ladies Day’ theme is also replicated on the track as Ripon stage their
‘Ladies’ Derby’ – an amateur race for Lady Riders only. The race is one of the longest standing in racing history, with Ripon hosting one of the first EVER recorded races for Lady Amateur riders back in 1723.
Ripon also host an evening of racing the previous day on Wednesday (21st), the meeting features six races including the ‘Raye Wilkinson Apprentice Handicap Stakes’. The race is the only race in British Racing which is only open to Apprentice Jockeys who have never ridden a winner.
James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said: “Ladies’ Day is a real highlight of our racing calendar and we are thrilled to be able to offer racegoers the chance to do it in real style! This year’s competition is simply out of this world and as always we look forward to an afternoon of quality action, glitz and glamour’
Whether you want to strut your stuff at the bookies, sip champagne on the summer lawns or simply resurrect that beautiful hat and shoes combo from the wedding you went to last year, Ladies Day provides a great excuse to let your hair down and enjoy a day not to be missed.
You can keep up to date with all the latest news and offers from the course on their social media pages, or by visiting their website.