Ripon Racecourse

The Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1UG - Map & Directions
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Ripon Racecourse
Ripon Racecourse (Steve Fareham /

Often nicknamed the ‘garden racecourse’ due to its pleasant aesthetic surroundings, Ripon racecourse is one of the prettiest tracks in the country and is located in North Yorkshire. Although horse racing at the current site has only been taking place since August 1990, there has always been racing in the area, with records showing such activity recorded as early as 1664. Racing in the city (Ripon used to hold the distinction of being Britain’s smallest city) first gained national attention in 1723 when the track hosted Britain’s first ever race for female jockeys, whilst Ripon was also voted the ‘Best Small Racecourse in the North’ by The Racegoers Club in 2003.The top trainer of all time at Ripon is easily Tim Easterby, who won an impressive 33 of his 340 races between 2007 and 2011.

Ripon is most easily accessed via the A1(M), with visitors advised to leave at J48 and follow the brown signs for Ripon Cathedral, with the course coming on the left following the crossing of a narrow bridge. Those travelling by train should be aware that the two closest railway stations – Harrogate and Thirsk) are both 11 miles away, so can only be accessed from the racecourse realistically by taxi. The course is just two miles from Ripon town centre and there are a number of bus routes available.

Ticket Prices

Ripon racecourse operates two separate pricing structures – feature and standard. Feature prices allow access to the Club Stand for just £25, whilst entry to the Paddock Enclosure and Course Enclosure are priced at £16 and £6 respectively. Concessions and students are allowed entry to the Club Stand or Paddock Enclosure for a reduced rate of just £11, although some identification may be required.

Standard prices see Club Stand entry valued at £22, whilst the Paddock Enclosure entry is available for just £14. Standard access to the Course Enclosure is again priced at £6. Concessions and students also get a discount on these prices, with Club Stand and Paddock Enclosure entry available for £9. Visitors under the age of 18 are permitted into all enclosures free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult, although some identification may be required.

The Course

Ripon Racecourse
Ripon Racecourse (Andrew Abbott /

Ripon racecourse is used exclusively for flat racing, with races generally run right-handed over an undulating oval. The track measures at 1m5f in circumference and features one of the longest home straights in the country at 5f.

The sharp bend into the home straight means gallopers often struggle to maintain a strong lead on the home straight, particularly as the final furlong prior to the winning post is a testing and obvious uphill, making stamina essential, particularly when the going is softer. When the going is firm or good, the sprint course statistically favours low drawn horses.

Major Meetings at Ripon

Meeting at Ripon Racecourse
Meeting at Ripon Racecourse (Steve Fareham /

Ripon has added a lot of days and events to its racing calendar in recent years and the season now includes Ripon’s ‘Big Night Out’ and Family Day in May, Ladies’ Day in June and the opening day of Go Racing in Yorkshire in July. Other fixtures include Children’s Day and Great St Wilfrid Day, both of which take place in August.

One of the most prestigious races each year at Ripon is the Great St Wilfrid Stakes, which is named after the patron saint of Ripon. The winner of the 6f race receives a silver trophy featuring St Wilfrid himself mounted on horseback. There are 16 fixtures per year at Ripon, with another hugely important race being the 6f sprint Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy.

Dining and Hospitality

The hospitality boxes at Ripon are numbered 1-8 and vary in price due to their size and features. Prices for boxes start from £380, with the most expensive as much as £2,335. The capacity for boxes ranges from 16-100. More information can be found at the Ripon racecourse website.


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