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Ripon Racecourse scoops Best award

[Wednesday 23 December 2009]

Staff at Ripon Races will be celebrating more than just Christmas as they scoop Best Small Racecourse in the North in the sport’s most prestigious awards.

Organised by the Racegoers Club, the annual awards are the racing industry’s most keenly contested accolades. With Racegoers Club members going racing an average of 31 times per year, no one could be better qualified to pass judgement or more critical of standards.

Graham Orange of Go Racing in Yorkshire commented:

“This deserved accolade for Ripon reflects the popularity and enjoyment of racing at the course by the people who really matter – the racegoers. All at Ripon can be very proud of their efforts.”

Ripon Races last won the award in 2003 and before that, in 1996. This year’s award follows substantial work at the course to improve the facilities, including complete refurbishment of the Champagne bar, the Wakeman bar and the Club Stand amenities. Clearly a winner with the punters, Clerk of the Course, James Huchinson believes the changes have been a factor in winning the award again this year.

“We’re delighted to have been voted Best Small Racecourse in the North. It is a tremendous result and deserved reward for the consistent hard work put in by all our staff in striving to provide the most enjoyable racing environment.”

The board at Ripon Races are committed to continuing investment to ensure the good quality racing continues and look forward to the start of the 2010 season on Thursday 15th April. Annual membership badges are now available offering access to the Club enclosure for all 15 race days during 2010, plus free admission to 20 exchange day meetings at other racecourses throughout the country and to 11 of the best Yorkshire County Cricket fixtures.

All year round Ripon Racecourse facilities are now used on non-race days to host a variety of corporate and private events organised by Livius Events who are based at the course.

For more information about racing at Ripon, visit www.ripon-races.co.uk

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