Located in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and affectionately referred to as the 'Garden Racecourse', Ripon is one of the most attractive courses in the country and a delightful place to spend a day's racing with plenty of attractions nearby including the medieval cathedral in the market town itself.
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A great summer in prospect at Ripon! Yorksire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’, Ripon, opens its gates on Thursday, April 7th for the first of 15 days racing this year on the Flat.
The Ripon area is steeped in equine history and racing has taken place on several sites serving the region, with the first recorded meeting on Bondgate Green in 1664. Racing on the present site on Boroughbridge Road began on August 6, 1900.
Ripon is believed to have staged Britain’s first race for lady riders in 1723. There’s a magnificent Gold Trophy presented every year to the owner of the winning horse in Ripon’s Listed race, The Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy on August Bank Holiday Monday.
The William Hill Great St. Wilfrid Heritage Handicap, one of the most competitive sprint handicaps in the north, is the main race on Saturday, August 14 and is named after Ripon’s Patron Saint. Several other race titles reflect the history of the area – The Bell-Ringer Stakes, The Ripon Hornblower Stakes and The Ripon Rowels Stakes – the latter title referring to the region’s ancient craft of spur-making.
A feature of the facilities at Ripon is the permanent large screen situated opposite the main stands.