The Yorkshire Post says: Odds-on certainties. The success of Yorkshire racing

WHEN it comes to Flat racing in particular, Yorkshire is the Northern Powerhouse.

Plans have been unveiled for a new grandstand at Beverley's racecourse.

The prestige of meetings like this week’s Ebor festival, which comes under starter’s orders tomorrow, is matched by the high-profile successes of racehorses trained here and luminaries such as Middleham’s Mark Johnston as he becomes the country’s winning-most handler.

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Yet, while Doncaster and, of course, York are home to the major meetings, the area’s seven smaller tracks are reaping the rewards. A new stand is being opened at Thirsk and now plans have been unveiled for a new £4.8m grandstand at Beverley, the largest single investment in the racecourse’s long history. With one million spectators attending race meetings in Yorkshire each year, and the industry said to be worth £230m to the area’s economy, it’s an odds-on certainty that crowds will increase still further thanks to quality racing on the track – and fine food and fashion off it.