The Yorkshire Post says: Derby traditions as racing history made at Kiplingcotes

A riders cross the finish line during the Kiplingcotes Derby, England's oldest horse race, that celebrated its 500th anniversary this year.
A riders cross the finish line during the Kiplingcotes Derby, England's oldest horse race, that celebrated its 500th anniversary this year.
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LIKE Gawthorpe’s coal-carrying championships, or the annual gooseberry show at Egton Bridge, the Kiplingcotes Derby is one of those quaint and quirky Yorkshire traditions which are a gentle reminder of life before Brexit.

For, while Yorkshire is proud of its racing heritage, the Kiplingcotes Derby remains a contest like no other. Open to horses and riders of all ages and abilities, its 500th renewal was a spectacle worthy of England’s oldest race.

And while the Epsom Derby, thoroughbred racing’s most cherished contest, has lost some of its allure as time catches up with old traditions, the Derby has lost none of its eccentricities, a fact borne out by the number of people who came out to support an event which still stops the Yorkshire Wolds on the third Thursday of every March.