A race which began with the intention of bringing together some leading hunters from around the country, will attract some top mile handicappers when the historic Thirsk Hunt Cup takes centre stage on Saturday 6th May.
For the third week in a row, Thirsk stages a weekend fixture with a meeting backed entirely by Totepool and with the Hunt Cup as the centrepiece.
It is more than 150 years since Thirsk race committee took out nationwide adverts hoping to see “Leicestershire or Melton flyers put in an appearance and nor would a Cheshire or Scotch good hunter be unwelcome”. Today, it is cracking mile handicappers that make their way to Thirsk for this competitive event.
Recent winners include the Godolphin star Farrh, who won the race in 2012 and went on to finish second to the mighty Frankel in the Juddmonte International at York three months later before winning both the group one Lockinge Stakes and the Champion Stakes in 2013.
Since then, there have been four straight Northern-trained winners including last year’s winner Finn Class, a second Thirsk Hunt Cup winner for Darlington trainer Michael Dods and, at 16/1, the longest priced winner of the race since Hallion in 2003.
As well as top class racing on the track there will be plenty of interest off it with music from The Playlist and lots of fun for the younger racegoers in the Family Enclosure with admission for under 18’s free when accompanied by an adult.
New for 2017 is the Cherry Tree Premier Package which offers entry and badge for the Premier Enclosure, parking, the official racecard, a choice of alcoholic, soft or hot drink from the Cherry Tree Bar, which has its own private lawn area, the choice of gourmet food and a £2 Totepool betting voucher all for just £40.
Racegoers will also be able to follow all the action on the big screen opposite the stands and Paddock.
Entry to the Premier Enclosure costs £26 (£24 if booked online ahead of the day), while Paddock admission can be obtained for £16 (£15 online). There are also great reductions for group bookings. For more information go to www.thirskracecourse.net
Gates open at 11am ahead of the first race at 1.55pm.