Ripon races set to return next week


Apr 7, 2021
Horses at the finish line at Ripon Races. Picture: Steve Fareham/Geograph.
Ripon will welcome its first racegoers for more than a year at the 27 May meeting

Ripon racecourse will stage its first fixture of the 2021 season next week.

As with all meetings at the Boroughbridge Road track in 2020, the first fixtures on 15 and 24 April and 7 and 16 May will be behind closed doors.

With the subsequent easing of covid lockdown measures, the first racegoers will be allowed through the gates from 27 May.

Jonathan Mullin, marketing manager for Ripon Races, told the Stray Ferret:

“A maximum of 4,000 racegoers will be allowed on these dates and people wanting to attend must book in advance.

“We still have a limited number of paddock tickets available for 27 May, the evening meetings on 2 and 16 June and the afternoon meeting on our ladies day of 17 June.”

Photo of sign at Ripon Races

The first fixture is next week, but will be behind closed doors

Ticket sales are currently suspended for the remaining nine fixtures between 5 July and 25 September.

With the government’s roadmap moving towards a lifting of all covid restrictions on 21 June, Mr Mullin said:

“We are waiting to see what happens before tickets go on sale for these fixtures.”

Updates will be available on the website and on Facebook.

In a normal year, the track, known as ‘Yorkshire’s garden racecourse’ because of its floral splendour, attracts thousands of people through its gates.

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The highlight of Ripon racing calendar is the Great St Wilfrid Stakes in August.

Covid vaccinations taking place at the course do not clash with race days.


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