Ripon racecourse to host two-day Bank Holiday event

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Ripon racecourse is set to wind down what has been a jam-packed month with their annual two-day August Bank Holiday race day.

The event, which starts on Monday with a family fun day including a variety of free fairground rides and fun, continues on Tuesday with another afternoon of racing.

Very much an established part of August’s Yorkshire racing calendar, the course have a fun filled afternoon of activities planned for children in the Course Enclosure on Monday.

The main feature for the children is the Racing Roadshow. Part of the industry’s educational push on Horse Racing, racegoers of all ages will be able learn about horses, jockeys and a range of interesting facts what makes the racing industry so unique. ‘Racing to Schools’, an organisation dedicated to helping children understand the world of racing will also be providing an equicisor for you to test your own jockey skills.

James Hutchinson, managing director and clerk of the course, said: “Bank Holidays are traditionally about relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family, there’s no better place to do that than at the races with a picnic and an ice cream in sunny Yorkshire.”

The day’s feature race is Ripon’s only listed race of the season, ‘The Longines Irish Champions Weekend EBF Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy’ a Class 1 sprint for two-year olds over six furlongs, with a total of £30,000 prize money on offer.

The action continues on Tuesday with a full card. The day also features the 21 Engineer Regiment Sapper Nursery Stakes, a race held in conjunction with their annual visit to the Racecourse. The race which is a tradition in place for over 30 years, is held to honour 21 Engineer Regiment and their contribution to the local community.

The gates on Monday open at 11.30am with the first of seven races starting at 2.10pm, with free entry for all accompanied under 18’s. Adult admission is available from £7 per person in the Course Enclosure, or £20 per car (inc admission for up to four adults).