The course in Ripon has hosted racing events for over 300 years and due to its picturesque setting in the Yorkshire Dales it is often referred to as the Garden Racecourse. The course is an oval used for flat racing that is right handed oval of 1 mile and 5 furlongs with a 5 furlong finishing straight with a 6 furlong chute.
The course holds 15 race meetings per year running from April to September. The principal meeting that is held here is the William Hill Great St Wilfrid which is a heritage handicap, this is held in August which is one of the leading sprints of the season. Another race to keep an eye on is the DBS St Leger Yearling Stakes which is held in August.
During sprint races lower numbers are given an advantage unless the going is heavy or soft. The round course favours front runners but this is such an open secret that it can create a pack that strives to lead causing a very fast pace.
Address: Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, N Yorks, HG4 1UG.
Flat: Ripon is a right-handed oval of one mile and three quarters. It is flat with a slight dip a furlong out. The six furlongs is perfectly straight.
Road: 2m SE of town on B6265 Boroughbridge road. Parking: Free
Rail: 11m, Harrogate Stn (Leeds - York line) and Thirsk Stn (York-Darlington line). Bus to Ripon.