Thirsk set for seven race programme

Thirsk hosts a seven-race programme this Friday, with racing set to start at 2-10pm.

The meeting is part of the 2012 Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival, aimed to showcase all that is best in racing in the county.

There’s a special racecard competition each day of the Festival up to and including the final day at Pontefract on Sunday, with the overall winner receiving a luxury stay for two at Goldsborough Hall near Knaresborough.

The Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival Maiden Stakes is contested over seven furlongs, while three-year-olds take part in The yorkshire.com Back Le Bid Selling Handicap Stakes – a contest supported by Welcome to Yorkshire, the title of which draws attention to their campaign for Yorkshire to host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France.

The longest race of the afternoon is The tyregiant.com Handicap Stakes, a contest for three-year-olds over one mile and a half, while sprinters take part in The Stanland Group Handicap Stakes – a contest for fillies and mares over six furlongs.

The opening two races on Friday are contests for maiden two-year-olds supported by The European Breeders’ Fund, while the concluding race is a handicap race for sprinters over five furlongs under the Yorkshire Radio banner for apprentice jockeys which is part of the ‘Hands & Heels’ Series – a national series of races for young riders under the Racing Excellence Initiative. Going into this race, Nicole Nordblad holds a narrow advantage over Shirley Teasdale.

Former racehorses now under the care of ‘New Beginnings’, a community interest company – based in Yorkshire – are in attendance throughout the Festival enabling racegoers to see them at close hand.

Also, racegoers will be able to obtain information regarding some of the local racing syndicates and racehorse ownership from the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ mobile information unit.

Yorkshire Radio will be broadcasting from the course, as part of its commitment to the festival, and there’s a preview of the afternoon’s racing in the winners’ enclosure.

A giant screen, situated opposite the main stands, will enable racegoers to follow the action.

For children, there’s face painting, glitter tattoos, bouncy castles and a playground in the Family Ring, while the Herr Jenns Band provide the musical entertainment.