Championship-chasing jockey Danny Tudhope is 2-1 favourite with sponsors Sky Bet to retain his title as the top rider at the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, which gets under way with a double-header of action at Ripon and Doncaster on Saturday.
Tudhope is locked in a battle with Oisin Murphy at the head of the standings for the 2019 jockeys' title and will expect to receive plenty of support from all stables, most notably David O'Meara, 2-1 joint-favourite with Richard Fahey to be top Festival trainer.
The leading trainer award is sponsored by Goldsborough Hall, the former residence of HRH Princess Mary and now a privately-owned historic house and gardens.
“We know how important racing is to Yorkshire and are delighted to sponsor the leading trainer award at the Summer Festival,” said Clare Oglesby, who, along with her husband Mark, owns Goldsborough Hall.
“Legend says that The Byerly Turk, recognised as one of the founding stallions of modern thoroughbred racing, is buried on the estate, so our connections to the racing industry are very strong.”
In total, seven of the 10 meetings that form the Festival will be screened on Racing TV. Now in its 12th year, continues to prove a popular draw to Yorkshire's courses.
“It’s been great working with the Yorkshire racecourses who have made this festival a fantastic success. Together, we have grown it and it’s good fun. Each racecourse has something different going on and it’s a fabulous showcase of the different Yorkshire courses,” said Michael Shinners, Head of Sports PR at Sky Bet.
Sky Bet also sponsor the leading jockey prize, the winner of which receives £1,000 plus a £500 donation to Racing Welfare, the charity which supports the workforce of British horseracing, which is to be the beneficiary of this year’s festival.
A representative from Racing Welfare will be at each of the Summer Festival race meetings, talking about the work that the charity does, who they can help and how. There will also be an exit collection at some courses.
Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare said: "The Summer Festival is a superb initiative and we are delighted to be the beneficiary charity for this year.
"Go Racing in Yorkshire does a fantastic job of promoting the rich offering of racing in the county and funds raised from our association will go towards extending the reach of our mental health support services. We’re very proud to be involved with the Summer Festival this year and hope that many people will come racing over the nine days."
The Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival takes place from Saturday July 20 to Sunday July 28. In addition to the racing, there will be an open afternoon at Jack Berry House on Tuesday July 23.
Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, supported by Sky Bet
Saturday 20th July – Ripon
Saturday 20th July – Doncaster (evening)
Sunday 21st July – Redcar
Monday 22nd July – Beverley (evening)
Tuesday 23rd July – Jack Berry House Open Afternoon
Wednesday 24th July – Catterick
Thursday 25th July – Doncaster (evening)
Friday 26th July – Thirsk
Friday 26th July – York (evening)
Saturday 27th July – York
Sunday 28th July – Pontefract
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