Beverley’s final evening meeting of the summer on Monday evening (23 July) is the third leg of the 2012 ‘Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival’, aimed to showcase racing in the county. There’s a special racecard competition each day of the Festival up to and including the final day at Pontefract the following Sunday, with the overall winner receiving a luxury stay for two at Goldsborough Hall near Knaresborough.
Racing begins at 6:30p.m. with The yorkshire.com Back Le Bid Claiming Stakes (a reference to Welcome to Yorkshire’s campaign to host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014). Also featured during the evening are The Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival Handicap Stakes (three-year-olds over seven furlongs), The tyregiant.com Handicap Stakes (extended mile), The Yorkshire Post Maiden Handicap Stakes (three-year-olds over two miles) and The Beverley Fashion Week 23-28 July Handicap Stakes over one mile and a quarter.
The title of the latter race refers to the inaugural Beverley Fashion Week which begins on Monday and culminates in a Grand Finale at the racecourse the following Saturday (28 July). During racing on Monday evening, there will be performances by urban dance troupe ‘Skyline’, mobile catwalk shows, fire performers, stilt walkers and a street team out and about the course promoting the event.
Former racehorses now under the care of ‘New Beginnings’, a Yorkshire-based local community interest company, are in attendance throughout the Festival enabling racegoers to see them at close hand. Also, racegoers will be able to obtain information regarding some of the local racing syndicates and racehorse ownership from the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ mobile information unit.
Yorkshire Radio will be broadcasting from the course, as part of their commitment to the Festival, while the giant screen situated opposite the main stands, will enable racegoers to see all of the action. There’s also a special preview of racing in the winners’ enclosure some 45 minutes before the action begins on the track.
More information: Beverley Racecourse