Thirsk and Wetherby Fixture swap

Posted 5 years ago

Following the announcement in December that Stage 3 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire cycling event will be routed directly through the centre of Thirsk on Saturday, May 5, the British Horseracing Authority has agreed to a fixture exchange between Thirsk and Wetherby Racecourses.

The Saturday, May 5 Flat fixture was scheduled at Thirsk, but is now very impractical to stage there due to the Tour de Yorkshire and instead will take place at Wetherby. Conversely the Tuesday, May 8 Flat raceday that was set to be run at Wetherby will be run at Thirsk. 

The Saturday programme at Wetherby remains fully sponsored by Totepool and the conditions of the feature race, the Totepool Hunt Cup, a Class 2 handicap over a mile, will be unaffected by the switch.

The 2018 renewal of the Totepool Hunt Cup will also see a significant increase in prize money, with the total value of the contest increasing from last year's £25,000 to £40,000. The best recent winner of the Totepool Hunt Cup was Godolphin's Farhh in 2012, who went on to win to G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot in 2013.

For Racegoers Club members, both racecourses will honour the on the day voucher meaning that:

Wetherby will offer £5 discount for the Paddock enclosure on Saturday 5 May.

Thirsk will offer free entry to the Paddock enclosure and £5 off the Premier enclosure on Tuesday 8 May.

To qualify for the concession, please take your voucher for that day to the racecourse entrance.