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Where is Ripon Racecourse?
Ripon Racecourse is 2km south-west of the North Yorkshire cathedral city. It is situated off the B6265 Boroughbridge Road just 500m east of the A61 with J49 of the A1(M) 8km away.
Harrogate is the nearest rail station 18km away with the 36 bus running from Leeds to Ripon via Harrogate. There is a free shuttle bus from opposite Ripon Bus Station on racedays with the journey walkable in around 25 minutes.
What is Ripon Racecourse Famous For?
The first Ripon Races were held on Bondgate Green in the city centre in 1664 and took place at various locations until the current venue was established in 1900. Steeplechases were held in 1900 and 1901 but Yorkshire's 'Garden Racecourse' has been flat-only ever since and holds 17 meetings each summer.
Ripon made history in 1723 by staging the first race solely for female riders.
Ripon Racecourse Track Specifics
Ripon is a slightly-undulating narrow right-handed one mile and five-furlong (2600m) oval. It boasts two sharp turns and a five-furlong (1000m) run-in which comprises most of the six-furlong (1200m) straight course. Hold-up horses tend to perform poorly at Ripon with front-runners often faring best.
Biggest Meeting's at Ripon Racecourse
Ripon's racing highlight is the Class 2 Great St Wilfrid Handicap named after the city's patron saint. Run over six furlongs in mid-August, it attracts big fields and even has a Silver Trophy consolation race for horses balloted out of the main event. It is often seen as a prep race for the Ayr Gold Cup.
Also over six furlongs is the Listed Ripon Champion Two Years Old Trophy on the late August Bank Holiday Monday. The track's popular Ladies Day is held in mid-June.
Visit the official Ripon Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!