About Ripon Racecourse
Ripon Racecourse is a racecourse located in the city of Ripon, North Yorkshire. It’s around 10 miles north of Harrogate, 30 miles north of Leeds, and 25 miles northwest of York. It’s nicknamed “the garden racecourse” for its luscious greenery all around. Despite being a city, Ripon only has a population of 16,000 and is quite rural. It can also boast the title of “Best Small Racecourse in the North” by the Racegoers’ Club in 2003. Like many other areas, racing began in Ripon during the 1600s. It wasn’t until 1900 though that they settled on the current venue.
Ripon Racecourse offers a right-handed oval track about 1 mile 5 furlongs in length. It only provides Flat racing, and the course has also been extended to include a 6 furlong straight. Ripon is one of the more challenging Yorkshire courses with tight bends and an undulating surface on the straight.
Ripon has two notable races which take place every year. Better yet, they both take place during their August festivals. So if nothing else at least you get the weather for these two races too!
The first of those is the Ripon Champion Two Years Old Trophy. This is a listed flat race open to horses aged two years old. It runs over of distance of 6 furlongs and comes with a purse of £25k.
The second of these races is the Great St. Wilfred Stakes. This is arguably the biggest race Ripon Racecourse hosts every year. Interestingly, this race gets its name from the patron saint of Ripon, St. Wilfred. It’s a flat Handicap open to horses aged three or older and runs over 6 furlongs. The prize pool for this race currently stands at £40k with £25k to the winner!
So if you only get one trip to Ripon, aim for August!