Magnificent Seven ready to go
The Magnificent Seven are ready to ride into town again for the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival which starts at Ripon on Saturday.
Sky Bet are a key supporter of the eight-day showpiece and, having donated £6,000 to good causes during the event last year, are offering £4,000 in charity bets this time around.
The bulk of those go the seven racing personalities who are given £50 each day to bet on any race during the Festival, with any profits added together and shared equally between three charities - New Beginnings, the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The "Magnificent Seven" includes last year's shock winner Ed Chamberlin. The Sky Sports Super Sunday and Monday Night Football host is determined to prove his success was no flash-in-the-pan despite being nicknamed Foinavon by the rest of the septet.
Sky Sports News' racing presenter Alex Hammond is fancied to perform better this year as is Malton trainer Richard Fahey, who will be well represented on the track during the Festival.
Racing UK pundit and award-winning journalist Tom O'Ryan looks another major player along with Channel 4 Racing's Jim McGrath.
Sportinglife.com editor Dave Ord was second last year but most feel he was flattered by his proximity to the winner while Sky Bet's Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners is very much making up the numbers.
The daily selections for each tipster will appear on Skybet.com, Sportinglife.com and Skysports.com, while a leaderboard will be available at www.skybet.com/ruk.
Kevin Darley will be providing paddock tips at all of the Festival's fixtures and the former champion jockey will receive a £20 free bet per race with proceeds going to the same three charities.
Sky Bet are sponsoring the entire card at York on Saturday July 26, when the highlight is the £100,000 Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes. The 10-furlong contest has been won by Group One heroes Twice Over (2011) and Mukhadram (2013) in recent years.
The seven races that day also feature the £50,000 Sky Bet Dash, a fiercely competitive six-furlong handicap which has gone to top-class sprinters La Cucaracha (2005), Hawkeyethenoo (2010) and Hoof It (2011). The 2013 winner Tropics finished runner-up in the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket last weekend.
Shinners said: "Sky Bet is delighted to be supporting the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival once again.
"As a Yorkshire-based company, we are well aware of the fantastic racecourses throughout the county and the Festival allows all the Flat tracks the opportunity to showcase their unique charms.
"We have raised a significant amount of money for our chosen charities over the last few years and are thrilled to be contributing again this year to the Injured Jockeys Fund, New Beginnings and Yorkshire Air Ambulance."