Ripon

Situated 20 miles north east of York, Ripon is justifiably known as The Garden Racecourse.

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Course Characteristics:

The course is right handed oval circuit of 13 furlongs, with a run-in of five furlongs, a spur allows for six furlong races to be run on the straight course.

The course suits resolute horses and runners on the loop need to be agile to take the sharp turn.

Fast starting runners can be at a significant advantage on the straight course and can steal a march on their opponents.

The bends are well cambered so are not as demanding as would initially appear, however long striding horses can become unbalanced on the turn.

Draw advantage: In races up to a mile high numbers are favoured if the stalls are stands side or centre course, but low numbers are favoured if the stalls are on the far side. (was the opposite way round prior to the 2011 season when the stall numbering system changed)

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Admission (2012 prices):

Ripon has three enclosures, Club (£20 - £23), Paddock (£13 - £15) and Course (£6).

Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more booked in advance. Accompanied under 16’s are admitted free of charge.

Annual membership: £160 single, £240 joint and £100 junior (under 21)

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Location:

From the A1 take the A61 then the B6265 which runs past the course.

Ease of public transport access: Poor (Nearest stations are Thirsk or Harrogate, both 11 miles away, then bus or taxi transfer)

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: very good

Last Reviewed: May 2012

Web Site: www.ripon-races.co.uk

Telephone: 01765 602156

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