The charms of racing in Yorkshire and in particular the Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival – starting at Ripon on Saturday, July 21 – will be showcased at next week’s Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate.


‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ has once again teamed up with ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ to take a section of ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’s Stand (Stand no. 635 Avenue O) at the Show, which begins on Tuesday 10 July and lasts for three days.

Former jockey Jimmy Bleasdale, who is based in Yorkshire, will be on hand to encourage people to have a go on the equicisor (mechanical horse), which has proved very popular in previous years.

Also, totepool ‘mystery bets’ will be dispensed at the Stand; these can be used only during the Festival and has a top prize of a £1,000 bet.

Information about the Festival and individual racecourses can be obtained from the Stand.

Graham Orange, public relations officer for ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ said “Those attending the Great Yorkshire Show can obtain full information about racing in the county and the forthcoming Festival. We work closely with Welcome to Yorkshire throughout the year and the mechanical horse should once again be very popular, with Jimmy Bleasdale having his usual banter with the public. It should be both fun and informative.”

The full dates of the race meetings of Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival are:

Saturday 21 July – RIPON
Sunday 22 July  – REDCAR
Monday (evening) 23 July – BEVERLEY
Wednesday 25 July – CATTERICK
Thursday (evening) 26 July – DONCASTER
Friday 27 July 27 – THIRSK
Friday (evening) 27 July – YORK
Saturday 28 July – YORK
Sunday 29 July – PONTEFRACT

More information: Go Racing in Yorkshire

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