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2019 Ebor Festival schedule – What you can look forward to during York’s sensational summer meeting

A wonderful view of the stands as Postponed wins the Juddmonte International in 2016.

We take a look through the schedule for each of the four days of the 2019 Ebor Festival, highlighting some races and horses punters can look forward to watching.

The final major Festival of the summer takes place during the final weeks of August, as York hosts their popular Ebor Festival. For four days, the biggest and brightest talents in flat racing will strut their stuff on the Knavesmire, all hoping to claim their very own slice of sporting history. Three fantastic Group One prizes will be up for grabs during the week, before Europe’s richest handicap and the namesake race of the meeting, the Ebor closes the curtain on yet-another spectacular meeting.

The opening Wednesday of the Ebor meeting kicks off with the electrifying Symphony Group Handicap Sprint. Then follows the first of three Grouped races, with a strong field set to assemble in the Acomb Stakes. A field of possible St Leger hopefuls will then battle it out in the Group Two Great Voltieur Stakes, before we reach the first top-level race of the Festival.

Since it’s inauguration in the early 1970s, the Juddmonte International Stakes has grown into one of the most important races in the sport. Greats like Dahlia, Halling and Frankel have all claimed victory in this 10-furlong contest and this year’s Juddmonte International field will be headed by Crystal Ocean, who's looking to bounce back to winning ways after another agonising defeat in the King George.

Ladies Day at the Ebor Festival is headlined by the historic Yorkshire Oaks, a race first staged on the Knavesmire way back in 1849. Unlike the Oaks at Epsom, older mares are allowed to tackle three-year-old fillies, a fact which allows Enable to try and win back the title she claimed in 2017, en-route to her history-making attempt at a third-straight Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Thursday’s card gets going with the Lowther Stakes, a six-furlong Group Two which has been won by many a future Group One winner throughout it’s history. Once Enable has finished lapping up the applause in the winners’ enclosure – provided the odds-on favourite secures an expected victory – a strong field will go to post in the Galtres Stakes, a Listed contest named in honour of the late, great Sir Henry Cecil.

The red carpet will be rolled out for Stradivarius ahead of the second race on day three, as John Gosden’s all-conquering stayer bids to preserve his unbeaten streak in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup. Two-year-olds will then take centre-stage in the Gimcrack Stakes, a race won by future Group One winners like Rock Of Gibraltar, Sands Of Mali and Royal Ascot hero, Blue Point.

Friday’s feature race is the fast and furious Nunthorpe Stakes, a Group One sprint first won by Two Step back in 1922. Alpha Delphini shocked the sport by carrying odds of 40/1 into the winners’ enclosure 12 months ago. The defending champion will be joined in the field by runaway July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns, Goodwood hat-trick hero Battaash and Norfolk Stakes winner A’Ali, who could become just the fourth juvenile to land the Nunthorpe.

The final afternoon at York kicks off in fine style, as a talented field of milers fight for supremacy in the Strensall Stakes. Once the winner of the Melrose Heritage Handicap has departed the scene, the fans around the Knavesmire will take in the City Of York Stakes, won last year by future Breeders’ Cup Mile champion, Expert Eye.

22 of the finest middle-distance horses in the business will then enter York’s extended stalls ahead of the last televised race of the meeting, the intriguing Ebor Handicap. Kings’ Advice, Raheen House and Withhold will lead this year’s field into battle, with a staggering prize pot of £1m up for grabs in this bountiful renewal of the Ebor.

2019 Ebor Festival Schedule

Day One - Wednesday 21st August

1:55pm Symphony Group Handicap (Class 2) 5½f 
2:25pm Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3:00pm Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
3:35pm Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1) 1m2½f
4:15pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 2m½f 
4:50pm Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6f

Day Two - Thursday 22nd August

1:55pm Lowther Stakes (Group 2) 6f
2:25pm Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes (Class 2) 6f
3:00pm Clipper Logistics Handicap (Class 2) 1m
3:35pm Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f
4:15pm Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Listed Race) 1m4f
4:50pm EBF Fillies' Handicap (Class 2) 7f

Day Three - Friday 23rd August

1:55pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 1m4f
2:25pm Weatherby's Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes (Group 2) 2m½f 
3:00pm Al Basti World Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) 6f
3:35pm Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) 5f
4:15pm EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (Class 2) 7f
4:50pm Nationwide Handicap (Class 2) 1m

Day Four - Saturday 24th August

1:50pm Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) 1m1f
2:25pm Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 1m6f
3:00pm City Of York Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3:40pm Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 1m6f
4:15pm Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed Race) 5f
4:50pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 1m2½f 
5:20pm Apprentice Handicap (Class 2) 5f
prentice Handicap (Class 2) 5f

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2019 Ebor Festival schedule – What you can look forward to during York’s sensational summer meeting

We take a look through the schedule for each of the four days of the 2019 Ebor Festival, which starts on Wednesday 21st August, highlighting some races and horses’ punters can look forward to watching.

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