Ripon Course Guide

Racing takes place at the North Yorkshire track throughout the summer with two distinct highlights, the Great St Wilfrid Stakes and the Ripon Champion Two year Old Trophy.

The Great St Wilfrid Stakes is a valuable sprint handicap run over six furlongs for three-year-olds and upwards and takes place in mid-August. The richest race staged at the North Yorkshire venue, the handicap has established itself as a milestone in the flat season and serves as a potential stepping stone to the Ayr Gold Cup.

Trainers David O’Meara and Richard Fahey have dominated the race in recent years, between them winning all five renewals from 2011-2015.

Ripon’s other feature race is the Listed Ripon Champion Two year Old Trophy, which takes place on August Bank Holiday Monday, and is run over six furlongs.


A right-handed, oval circuit of thirteen furlongs, with a run-in of five furlongs, and a straight six-furlong course. Owing to the rather cramped bends and the surface undulations in the straight, the Ripon track is rather sharp in character.

In good conditions, Ripon is a front-runner’s course. There’s a ridge about a furlong and a half out, from where you can kick on and, if you can get away at that point, you’ll be very hard to beat. It’s a track that can give the impression of being bowling-green flat but, believe me, it’s not at all and a lot of horses get lost around there. On the sprint course, up against the stands’ side rail is the place to be, ideal for fast horses. They’ve worked hard on the round track latterly – and most horses handle it nicely.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver
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Replays & Results
13:55 Theakston Legendary Ales Ebf Novice Stakes
(Class 5) (6f)
  • Winner: Fastman 11/8 Fav
  • Jockey: D Nolan Trainer: D O'Meara
  • Owner: Mr Craig Miller
14:30 Constant Security Nursery
(Class 4) (1m)
  • Winner: Riviera Nights 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Hayley Turner Trainer: R Hannon
  • Owner: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar
15:05 Noel Hetherton Memorial Handicap
(Class 4) (5f)
  • Winner: Machree 11/1
  • Jockey: Callum Shepherd Trainer: D Carroll
  • Owner: Yenilecas Syndicate
15:35 Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap
(Class 2) (6f)
  • Winner: Royal Brave 25/1
  • Jockey: R Ffrench Trainer: Rebecca Bastiman
  • Owner: James Edgar & William Donaldson
16:10 Michael Raby Memorial Handicap
(Class 4) (1m 4f 10y)
  • Winner: Multellie 11/10 Fav
  • Jockey: D Allan Trainer: T D Easterby
  • Owner: Mr David Scott & Partner
16:45 Lloyd Land Rover Ripon Apprentice Handicap
(Class 5) (6f)
  • Winner: Case Key 13/2
  • Jockey: Mark Crehan Trainer: M Appleby
  • Owner: Mr Terry Pryke
17:20 Cockney Key Hunt Novice Stakes
(Class 5) (1m 4f 10y)
  • Winner: Prabeni 7/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: Josephine Gordon Trainer: W J Haggas
  • Owner: Mr A E Oppenheimer

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Ripon Race Company Ltd
The Racecourse
Boroughbridge Road
North Yorkshire
01765 530530
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