Ripon is in action again on Wednesday evening, followed by the course’s annual ‘Ladies Day’ fixture on the Thursday afternoon (20 and 21 June). Racing starts at 6:50pm and 2:10pm, respectively.

The main race on Wednesday evening is this year’s renewal of The Norman Wells Memorial Challenge Trophy, an £11,000 Handicap contest for three-year-old sprinters over six furlongs, which commemorates a former chairman of Ripon Racecourse and Mayor of Ripon. Middleham Racing Breaks once again support the opening race of the evening, The Sundown Sky Apprentice Classified Selling Stakes – a sprint contest over six furlongs for apprentice jockeys who have yet to ride a winner.

Musical entertainment on Wednesday evening is provided by The Chris White Jazz Quartet, while it’s the turn of Trio Gitan on Thursday afternoon.

Ripon’s ‘Ladies’ Day’ once again coincides with ‘Ladies’ Day’ at Royal Ascot on Thursday afternoon as racing and fashion combine. Fashion shows featuring collections from the Huddersfield-based designer Kevan Jon take place during the afternoon on the catwalk in the hospitality marquee.

The ‘Best Dressed Lady’ competition will take place during the afternoon, with the winner receiving a prize of a two-night stay including spa treatment at nearby Swinton Park Luxury Castle Hotel, hairstyling by Peter Gotthard of Harrogate and year’s supply of Yorkshire tea, donated by Betty’s of Harrogate.

In addition, the winner of the competition will receive totepool vouchers to the value of £50 and automatic entry into the Grand Final to find Yorkshire’s ‘Best-Dressed Lady Racegoer’ held at the St. Leger Festival at Doncaster in September. It’s the culmination of a special competition linking the individual Ladies’ Days staged this summer on the Yorkshire racecourses. She will then have the chance to win the overall prize of a luxury prize for six at the renowned Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel near Doncaster. The winner of the ‘Best Hat’ award on Thursday will receive a couple of annual badges for the 2013 season at Ripon.

The ‘Ladies’ Day’ theme is also replicated on the track, with one of the highlights of the seven-race programme being The Ladies’ Derby – a Handicap contest for lady amateur riders – sponsored for the 26th year by Beaumont Robinson Financial Services of Bradford.

The most valuable race is The Ladies’ Day Handicap Stakes, a contest over nine furlongs, while the opening race of the day is a contest for maiden two-year-olds, supported once again by The European Breeders Fund.

Ripon’s permanent giant screen will enable racegoers to follow all of the action, including that from Royal Ascot on Thursday afternoon.


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Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…