Ebor Festival Tips

Having a punt during York’s famous Ebor Festival? You’ve come to the right place. Our team of experts will provide you with tips for every race on each of the four days at York, along with ante-post angles, news pieces and betting updates ahead of the week’s major races!

Ebor Handicap Tips

Mark Johnston hasn’t tasted Ebor success since Quick Ransom triumphed at York in 1992. After breaking the record for the number of winners in a single month, Johnston will send a large, in-form battalion of handicappers to try and end his wait for a second Ebor. While King’s Advice boasts obvious chances, I think Johnston’s best shot at pocketing the bountiful first price could lie with BAGHDAD.

Four-year-old’s may not have the best recent record in the Ebor, but in the last decade there has been one four-year-old winner and four runner-up’s of the same age, so you cannot count any younger horse out on account of his age. Baghdad is an accomplished handicapper, with winning course experience, and drops down in class after a couple of solid runs in Grouped company. He looks perfectly suited to a race like the Ebor.

2019 Ebor Festival Preview

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.We’ll take a little look through all four days of this fantastic meeting and highlight the races viewers can look forward to watching…

2019 Ebor Festival Dates

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

Frankel winning the Juddmonte International Stakes at York in 2012.

The Ebor Festival

Held over four days in August each year, the Ebor Festival is a racing festival that takes place at York Racecourse. It’s one of the most popular flat racing festivals run in the UK, mainly because it is the final major racing meeting of the annual flat racing season.

The festival was established in 1843 and has been run at York every year since, aside from 2008 when the entire course became too waterlogged for racing to safely take place.

Juddmonte International Day

The first day of the festival is known as Juddmonte International Day and has three feature races – the Juddmonte International, the Great Voltigeur Stakes and the Acomb Stakes.

Of those three the Juddmonte is perhaps the most prestigious, having been established as recently as 1972 and now possessing a prize purse of £1 million.

Ladies’ Day

As with most racing festivals one day is known as ‘ladies day’ where women can don their finery and attend the course. There are two major races on the second day of the festival – the Lowther Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks. The Oaks has been run since 1849, and is a flat race over one mile and three furlongs for three-year-olds and up.

Nunthorpe Day

Day three of the festival takes its name from the feature race of the day, the Nunthorpe Stakes. This short race (five furlongs) is for horses two-years-old and up, and has a prize purse of around £350,000.

It is named after an area of York and was first run in 1903. The other major races on day three are the Gimcrack Stakes and the Strensall Stakes.

Ebor Day & Ebor Handicap

The festival will close on the Saturday with ‘Ebor Day’ – ‘Ebor’ is a shortened form of Eboracum, which is the Roman name for York. There are two main events to close festivities – the Ebor Handicap which is a race over one mile five furlongs and 188 yards for three-year-olds and up, and the Lonsdale Cup which is also for three-year-olds and up but more of a stayers’ race, being run over two miles and 56 yards.

York Racecourse

Located in the south-west of the city, York Racecourse has been holding horse racing meetings since the 1730s although there is some evidence that racing has been taking place in the area since Roman times. The flat racing course is oval with one bend extending into a straight. The usual going is typically dependent on the preceding weather.

Famous Ebor Festival Winners

Despite being run since 1843, only one horse has ever won the Ebor Handicap twice – Flint Jack in 1922 and 1923. Legendary Gordon Richards-trained Sea Pigeon won the race in 1979 on the way to winning the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1980 and 1981.

In recent times, the impressive Cracksman won the Great Voltigeur Stakes in 2017 before taking the Prix Niel and the Champion Stakes in the new year.

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