Yorkshire is blessed with nine racecourses, the most of any county. For those of you who don’t know they are Beverley, Catterick, Doncaster, Pontefract, Redcar, Ripon, Thirsk, Wetherby and York. They alternate race days and vary between flat racing and jumps. Most of them run along the A1(M), making them easily accessible from Knaresborough, with the closest being York and Wetherby only a half hour away.
The first time we attended as a group was three years ago at York for the Ebor festival, when we decided to have a big family day, setting up a picnic in the General Enclosure. Since that day many of us have regularly turned out for race meets most weeks during the season, usually just a few lads at a time, but the one true fixture we all come together for is the Ebor. There’s a special feel to it, family friendly and laid back – we leave the dressing up lark to those in the stands and the jockeys. Mates sharing a drink, arguing the form and pretending we know what we’re talking about. 2011 was great Moyenne Corniche didn’t so much as storm home as trot, but the odds were phenomenal 25/1. Two of our lot had money on her, and the winnings kept the beer flowing all week.
This year as usual we were back at York last month, for another brilliant day. Several of us had our money Pallasator for the Ebor Handicap, but came home empty-handed. One of our lads, Steve, picked it right with Mutual Regard running a fine race against 20/1 odds. So, it’s over to you Steve to pick up the tab, and give us a few tips for next week.