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Grand Cup and Whixley Sprint take pride of place at York
MORE than £135,000 in prize money is up for grabs in a seven-race card at York Racecourse this weekend.
It’s the first of six Saturday fixtures this season on Knavesmire and the highlights are the £35,000 Listed Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup and the Whixley Sprint, offering a £40,000 prize pot.
Last year’s Grand Cup produced an impressive winner last year in Times Up, who has since won again in Listed company and run with credit in Group races – including a fourth place finish in last week’s Sportingbet Yorkshire Cup.
The Whixley Sprint sees leading sprinters blaze a trail in a competitive handicap contest over the minimum distance of five furlongs.
Last year’s winner, Masamah, trained by Kevin Ryan at Hambleton, came back to York to win a Listed race at the John Smith’s Cup Meeting in July and went on to land a Group 2 contest at Glorious Goodwood. He also competed in Group 1 company.
The fourth battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment received their operational service medals at the racecourse from their Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Duke of York, during the Dante Festival and, this weekend, the Regiment returns to put their name to a contest for maiden two-year-olds.
Apprentice riders have their opportunity in the final race of the afternoon, a handicap contest over a mile-and-a-half, sponsored by John Wright Electrical Services.
Racegoers will also have the chance to get close to a racehorse as Yorkshire based equine charity, New Beginnings, are bringing along Harry – a thoroughbred who raced at York in 1994 using his professional name of Golden Hello – as well as Meg the pony.
For more information, and to book, visit the website www.yorkracecourse.co.uk
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