Win a VIP day out at the York Races Finale

THIS year marks the 25th anniversary of Back a Winner by Train, which rewards racegoers taking to the rails with money off admission at many of the top courses in the North of England and Scotland.

To mark this milestone, we have teamed-up with the train operators running the promotion, First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail, to offer one of our readers and a guest the chance to win an exciting afternoon at the York Races Finale on October 7.

This superb prize includes a pair of club badges, buffet lunch in a private box with balcony perfect for viewing the racing, and return train travel from Dewsbury to York with transfers from York station to the course.

Our winner will also receive a £25 free bet courtesy of totepool and you will be invited into the parade ring to judge the best turned out horse in the Back a Winner by Train 25th Anniversary Stakes.

To be in with a chance send your answer to the following question with your name, address and daytime phone number to or write to York Races competition, Reporter Sportsdesk, 17 Wellington Road, Dewsbury, WF13 1HQ. The deadline is noon on Tuesday October 4, usual YWNG rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

Question: In which year did the Back a Winner by Train promotion start?

Back a Winner by Train enables racegoers using the train to receive £4 off admission at Beverley, Carlisle, Cartmel, Doncaster, Hamilton Park, Hexham, Musselburgh, Newcastle, Pontefract, Redcar and Thirsk, and a £3 reduction at York. Discount vouchers are available at principal stations when buying a train ticket and they also include £2 off a placepot bet of £5 or more. See leaflets at stations or online at or