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Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Monday evening’s meeting at Thirsk (June 5) brings ‘Herriot Happenings Week’ – a full week of celebrations and special events which extol the attractions of the Thirsk and Hambleton region to a roaring conclusion.

A spectacular birds of prey display by Falconry U.K. of Sion Hill Hall takes place in the Parade Ring prior to the start of racing, while to complement the action on the track, three snail races will take place during the course of the evening, including the annual Snail Derby, with several local racehorse trainers having ‘runners’ in the race! The snail racecards cost £1, with proceeds going to The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre at Halton, near Lancaster. An art exhibition by sporting and equestrian artist Ruth Buchanan will also be open to racegoers during the evening.

Racing on Monday evening starts at 6-45 p.m., with the principal contest being The Weatherbys Bank Handicap Stakes, a £14,000 race over one mile and a half sponsored by Weatherbys Group Ltd. of Wellingborough, providers of administrative and commercial services to the racing industry.

Also on Monday’s evening card is The Buck Inn Thornton Watlass Handicap Stakes (one mile) sponsored by The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass, as part of their annual day out, while The Jack Calvert Fillies’ Handicap Stakes (five furlongs) is held in memory of the late Jack Calvert who trained for many years at nearby Hambleton recording more than 500 winners.

The Sammy Cass Handicap Stakes (one mile) is named after a character from the history of Thirsk. Sammy Cass was a brewer in the town and a member of the race committee. He was one of the original guarantors of the racecourse when racing began on the present site in 1855.

A giant screen will be in operation during the evening the Ragtime Band provides the evening’s musical entertainment.


There’s action at Ripon on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening (June 6 & 7), when racing starts at 2-15 p.m. and 6-40 p.m. respectively. The meeting is part of the annual Ripon Spring Festival, a full programme of events designed to entertain the people of Ripon and surrounding areas.

The highlight on Tuesday afternoon is The Ripon, Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap Stakes, a £15,000 contest for sprinters over six furlongs. Also featured on Tuesday is The Weatherbys Bank Handicap Stakes (three-year-olds over six furlongs), sponsored by Weatherbys Group Ltd. of Wellingborough, providers of administrative and commercial services to the racing industry, while Home Sale Network, the largest network of independent estate agents in the U.K., return to sponsor a Handicap contest over one mile and a quarter.

The principal race on Wednesday evening, is The Directors Cup, a handicap race over one mile which offers prize money of £15,000, while Ripon Farm Services Ltd. continue to put their name to the longest race of the meeting, a handicap contest for stayers over two miles.

British Sky Broadcasting Limited sponsor The Sky Television Handicap Stakes (three-year-olds over six furlongs), while Eura Audit UK continue their association with the course by sponsoring the opening and closing races on Wednesday evening – a contest for maiden two-year-olds over six furlongs and a race for maiden three-year-olds over one mile and a quarter.

There’s musical entertainment on Wednesday evening, while Ripon’s permanent giant screen will enable racegoers to see even more of the action.

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