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Excitement building ahead of Kiplingcotes Derby

Carolyn Bales on Woteva crosses the finish line to win last years Kiplingcotes Derby

Carolyn Bales on Woteva crosses the finish line to win last years Kiplingcotes Derby

Riders are saddling up to take part in the oldest flat horse race in England on Thursday.

The horses taking part in the Kiplingcotes Derby will assemble near the winning post at Londesborough Wold Farm, north of Market Weighton, by 12noon before cantering out to the start near the village of Etton. The race itself must be run by 2pm.

Guy Stephenson, a trustee for the race, said: “Preparation has been going well. I am looking forward to it. Everything is organised.

“We’re expecting a good turnout, weather permitting.”

Market Weighton Town Team have put on two free shuttle buses between the town centre and the Kiplingcotes racecourse. The Griffin Inn, on Market Place, and Asda, on High Street, will be the collection and drop off points for the buses to the course. They will be picking passengers up at 9.30am, 10am and 10.30am.

Carolyn Bales, who won last year’s race with Woteva, will be competing in the race again this year with the same horse.

 

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