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
14:00 Castlehouse Construction Supporting Wooden Spoon Charity Novice Stakes (Plus 10)
(Class 4) (6f)
  • Winner: Misty Grey 17/2
  • Jockey: Jason Hart Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Barbara & Alick Richmond
14:35 VW Van Centre (Leeds) Stirring Spoon Smiles Charity Handicap (Div 1)
(Class 6) (6f)
  • Winner: Kermouster 7/1
  • Jockey: S H James Trainer: Grant Tuer
  • Owner: Mr D R Tucker
15:10 VW Van Centre (Leeds) Stirring Spoon Smiles Charity Handicap (Div 2)
(Class 6) (6f)
  • Winner: Fairy Fast 5/1
  • Jockey: D Tudhope Trainer: D O'Meara
  • Owner: Blessingndisguise Partnership
15:45 Traditional Family Fun Day Handicap
(Class 4) (1m 1f 170y)
  • Winner: Global Heat 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Hector Crouch Trainer: S bin Suroor
  • Owner: Godolphin
16:20 Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap
(Class 2) (1m 1f)
  • Winner: Fayez 14/1
  • Jockey: S A Gray Trainer: D O'Meara
  • Owner: Northern Lads & Nawton Racing
16:55 British EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap
(Class 3) (6f)
  • Winner: Gold Filigree 4/1
  • Jockey: S W Kelly Trainer: Richard Hughes
  • Owner: Galloway,lawrence,merritt & Mrs Blake
17:30 Chris Westerman Happy 60th Birthday Novice Stakes
(Class 5) (1m 1f 170y)
  • Winner: Great Example 11/4 JFav
  • Jockey: P Cosgrave Trainer: S bin Suroor
  • Owner: Godolphin
18:00 Ladies Day 20th June Apprentice Handicap
(Class 5) (5f)
  • Winner: Musharrif 9/1
  • Jockey: Zak Wheatley Trainer: D Carroll
  • Owner: Ray Flegg & John Bousfield

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