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Free Friday night racing

Ripon Racecourse

Published at 5:21pm 5th May 2016. (Updated at 5:25pm 5th May 2016)

Ripon Racecourse is staging its first free entry race meeting this Friday.

Bosses want to embrace the nation's love for the sport and override the often stereotypical view that racing is for an elite group or isn't suitable for families.

Ripon already prides itself on being a family-friendly venue, with free admission for accompanied under-18s on offer all year round.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course, said: "Racing can be anything you want it to be! A relaxed picnic day with family or friends, a special day out to celebrate an occasion or come with tenner in your back pocket for a few races. It really is a great day out and can be whatever you make it to be a great experience for all to enjoy.

"Whether you're a seasoned racegoer or have never been, we're encouraging everyone to come and join the party."

Gates will open at 3.50pm, with the first of seven races starting at 5.50pm.

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