Ebor Festival

The York racecourse

The racecourse is located in York, in North Yorkshire. It is among the most significant courses in the country, third in terms of the total prize amount, and second regarding the prize amount per meeting. The territory on which the York racecourse spreads is the Knavesmire, and that is another name the course is known by.

Among the major Group 1 races held on it are three races taking place in the York Ebor Festival: the Juddmonte International, the Nunthorpe, and the Yorkshire Oaks.

During the centuries of its existence since its founding in 1754, the course has had new facilities added, including the most recent, the Ebor Stand in 2003.

As for the layout, the original shape of the racecourse was a horseshoe one. In 2005, with an extension, a full round course shape was achieved.

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The Ebor Festival

That is a racing event which takes four days and takes place on the York racecourse, in August. The 2017 Ebor Festival is to be held from 23 to 26 August.

The year 1843 saw the establishment of the festival, and the first Ebor Handicap running.

The Ebor Festival is one of the last prominent festivals of horse races in the flat season, and attracts a multitude of spectators, viewers and bettors.

Schedule of the Ebor Festival

Wednesday, 23rd August: Juddmonte International, Great Voltigeur Stakes

Thursday, 24th August: Ladies Day, with Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Lowther Stakes

Friday, 25th August: Coolmore Nunthorpe, Gimcrack Stakes, Strensall Stakes

Saturday, 26th August: Betfred Ebor, Lonsdale Cup

The Juddmonte International

That is a flat horse race, of Group 1, in which horses of 3 or more years of age run. The distance run is one mile, 2 furlongs and 88 yards, the track is left handed. Since 1989, its sponsor has been Juddmonte, and that is why the race is know as the Juddmonte International.

The Juddmonte is the first race, taking place on the first day of the festival. This race gives the festival day its name, as it is the showpiece for the first day. Here, you will watch Classic generation brought together with elders. Often it is the custom for winners in the Guineas and Derby to compete there. This race is an outstanding competition over middle distance for the summer season.

The Great Voltigeur Stakes

This is a race of Group 2, run on a distance of one mile 4 furlongs, in which 3 years old colts and geldings take part.

The Darley Yorkshire Oaks

That is a flat horse race, of Group 1, in which fillies and mares of 3 or more years of age run. Often the runners previously ran in the Epsom Oaks race.

The distance run is one mile and 4 furlongs, the track is left handed. Since 2006 its sponsor has been Darley Stud, and that sponsorship has given it the name Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

The Lowther Stakes

This race, of Group 2, is a flat race, for fillies of 2 years of age, and is run on a distance of 6 furlongs. It has become the trial for the 1000 Guineas race held in Newmarket in the following year.

The Coolmore Nunthorpe

That is a flat horse race, of Group 1, in which horses of 2 or more years of age run. The distance run is 5 furlongs, the track is straight. Coolmore is the name of its sponsor, and the name Nunthorpe is the name of a town near York, to the north of it.

That race is one of the limited group of races where horses of 2 years of age can run competing with older horses. That is the sole race of Group 1 for Britain where horses of 2 years of age can run.

The winner in this race gets an automatic invitation to the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint which is held in the same year.

The Gimcrack Stakes

This is a race of Group 2, run at 6 furlongs, and comprising colts and geldings of 2 years of age and older.

The Strensall Stakes

This race, of Group 3, is a flat race, for horses of 3 or more years of age, running a distance of one mile and 208 yards.

The Betfred Ebor

The name of that race is the Ebor Handicap, but it is also known as the name Betfred Ebor, after its sponsor Betfred. This is a flat handicap race. The horses running in it are of 3 or more years of age, and run a distance of one mile and 6 furlongs; the track is left handed. Initially the distance run was 2 miles.

The name Ebor comes from the ancient Roman name of York, Eboracum, which is shortened to Ebor.

The Ebor Handicap, or Betfred Ebor, is among the most prominent flat handicap races in Europe

The Lonsdale Cup

That race of Group 2, a flat race, invites horses of 3 or more years of age, to run a distance of 2 miles and 88 yards.

Online betting on the Ebor Festival races

When deciding on your selection, please get information on the race of your choice and the horse or filly of your choice. For each of the races, there will be betting offers and odds galore with online bookmakers. If you are beginning your online betting experience, look at the special offers for new customers, which come with attractive welcome bonuses.

The fourth day of the festival is especially thrilling, as it offers the richest handicap race for Europe, the Ebor Handicap. You will watch most renowned British and Irish handicappers, running in competition. This race is considered as one of the most competitive ones. Its accompanying race, the Lonsdale Cup, gathers a number of Royal Ascot Gold Cup runners for another meeting and more competition. 

With th four days featuring races filled with excitement and competitive running, comprising three Group 1 races, four Group 2 races and, too, Group 3 races, you have plenty of free bet offers. The most famous race of the festival, the Ebor Handicap, or Betfred Ebor, which is run on the fourth day, is especially attractive for bettors, as the richest flat handicap race in the whole of Europe.

As you compare the offers on online betting sites, you can find the best value possible for your bets on the races in the festival, including best odds guaranteed, best price guaranteed if a race is live on ITV, money back to certain bet amounts if the horse selected by you loses and gets second or third, etc.