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York Races Tips

Yorkshire Cup Tips

John Gosden has announced that leading stayer Stradivarius will stay in training following his disappointing end to the 2020 campaign. He has dominated the stayers’ division for the last three seasons with ten consecutive victories including three Ascot Gold Cups and earning two £1 million bonuses for owner/breeder Bjorn Nielsen.

He was dropped in trip for a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but was not suited by the pedestrian early pace and finished only seventh. He was then virtually pulled up in testing conditions at Ascot. The Yorkshire Cup was not run in 2020 due to the pandemic so Stradivarius could well seek a third consecutive triumph after victories in 2018 and 2019.

A potential rival for the stayers’ crown emerged at Ascot with the decisive victory of Alan King’s Trueshan. That was his first run over two miles and he powered away to win by 7 ½ lengths. Aidan O’Brien’s Santiago beat Tiger Moth by a head in the Irish Derby and both horses could make their mark in Cup races in 2021. Tiger Moth has since finished a close second in the Melbourne Cup and you would imagine that a return visit to Flemington will be on the cards.

York Racecourse Guide

York is one of the leading flat racecourses in the country, a left handed galloping track of just under two miles. York races tips in sprint races should take the draw into account. There is a straight six furlong course with high numbers holding a slight advantage, particularly when the going is soft. The draw tends to favour low numbers in large sprint handicaps over five furlongs.

The highlight of the season at York is the Ebor Festival in August. The Ebor is Europe’s richest handicap on the flat while the meeting also features the Group 1 International Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Nunthorpe Stakes. There are also some important two-year-old races in the Gimcrack Stakes and Lowther Stakes.

The Dante meeting in May features important Classic trials and the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup. The Dante Stakes is often a key trial for the Epsom Derby and the Musidora Stakes features contenders for the Oaks. John Smith’s Cup Day in July is another high profile meeting featuring one of the most valuable ten furlong handicaps of the season.

York Racing Calendar

Dante Festival

Dante Stakes

The Dante Stakes is a Group 2 race over an extended ten furlongs. It is named after the Yorkshire-trained 1945 Derby winner and has proved to be a highly significant trial for the Epsom Classic. Golden Horn (2015) became the eighth colt to win both races in a 30-year period, following in the hoofprints of Reference Point (1987), Motivator (2005), Authorized (2007) and others.

Yorkshire Cup

The Yorkshire Cup is a Group 2 race over a mile and three-quarters and often attracts the top staying horses. Stradivarius (2018, 2019) joined Ardross (1981, 1982) as dual winners of the race. Other notable winners on the roll of honour include Moon Madness (1988), Classic Cliché (1996) and Sergeant Cecil (2007).

John Smith’s Cup Meeting

John Smith’s Cup

The ten-furlong John Smith’s Cup, first run in 1960, is the currently the longest running commercial sponsorship in British racing. The race has been won by some high class horses including Cezanne (1994), Wigmore Hall (2010) and Ballet Concerto (2017).

York Stakes

The Group 2 York Stakes is for three-year-olds and upwards over ten furlongs. The race was first run in 2006 and has already been won by some high class horses including Twice Over (2011), Mukhadram (2013) and Elarqam (2019).

Ebor Festival

Ebor Festival Day 1

International Stakes (Group 1)

The Group 1 International Stakes is the richest race of the season at York with prize money reaching £1million in 2017. The ten-furlong contest often features a clash of the generations and has attracted numerous Derby winners.

The inaugural running of The International Stakes in 1972 resulted in a victory for Epsom Derby winner Roberto. He inflicted the only defeat suffered by Brigadier Gerard in his eighteen-race career. Halling (1995 and 1996) joined Dahlia (1974 and 1975) and Ezzoud (1993 and 1994) as only the third dual winner in the history of the race.

Recent Epsom winners to follow up here include Authorized (2007), Sea The Stars (2009) and Australia (2014). Aidan O’Brien and Sir Michael Stoute have each won this race on six occasions. Their most recent victories came with Japan (2019) and Ulysses (2017) respectively. Frankel produced a brilliant performance on his first attempt at ten furlongs when storming to victory in 2012. 

Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2)

The Great Voltigeur Stakes is for three-year-old colts and geldings and is named after the 1850 Derby winner. Voltigeur, like Dante, was trained in Yorkshire and he went on to win the St Leger. The race has often proved to be a good guide to the final Classic of the season. Horses to win both races include Bob’s Return (1993), Milan (2001), Lucarno (2007) and Logician (2019).

Ebor Festival Day 2

Lowther Stakes (Group 2)

The Lowther Stakes is for two-year-old fillies over six furlongs. The race has produced subsequent several 1000 Guineas winners including Humble Duty (1969), Al Bahathri (1984), Cape Verdi (1997) and Russian Rhythm (2002). More recent winners include the speedy Tiggy Wiggy (2014) and Fairyland (2018).

Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1)

The Yorkshire Oaks is over the Classic distance of a mile and a half and is open to fillies and mares aged three years and older. The race regularly attracts the winner of the Epsom Oaks with fillies to complete the double including Sun Princess (1983), User Friendly (1992), Enable (2017) and Love (2020). Enable won it for a second time in 2019, the third horse to do so after Only Royale (1993, 1994) and Islington (2002, 2003). 

Ebor Festival Day 3

Lonsdale Stakes (Group 2)

The two-mile Lonsdale Stakes has been won by many top class stayers including dual winners Further Flight (1992, 1993), Celeric (1996, 1999) and Persian Punch (1998, 2001). Stradivarius added his name to that list with back-to-back victories in 2018 and 2019, claiming a £1 million bonus for his owner on both occasions. The prize was offered for any horse winning the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Lonsdale Stakes in the same season.

Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1)

The Nunthorpe Stakes over five furlongs is one of the most prestigious sprint races in Europe. Sharpo won for three successive seasons from 1980 to 1982, equalling the record of Tag End (1928-1930). There have been numerous dual winners including Battaash (2019 and 2020). Other notable Nunthorpe winners include Dayjur (1990), Sheikh Albadou (1991) and Lochsong (1993). 

Ebor Festival Day 4

Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2)

The Gimcrack Stakes is for two-year-old colts and geldings over six furlongs. Notable past winners include Mill Reef (1970), Rock of Gibraltar (2001), Muhaarar (2014) and Blue Point (2016).

Ebor Handicap

The Ebor Handicap over one mile and five furlongs is named after the Roman name for York (Eboracum). The Ebor is the big betting race of the festival and York races tips are always widespread for this competitive event. The last favourite to oblige was Purple Moon in 2007 with numerous shock winners including Mudawin at 100-1 in 2006. The Ebor has been used as a stepping-stone to the Melbourne Cup with Give The Slip (2000), Purple Moon (2007) and Heartbreak City (2016) all finishing second in Australia’s Premier race.

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Check the going for your York Tips

The best form for the York Ebor Festival is often provided by the summer meetings at Epsom, Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood. However, caution is advised as the going can change dramatically at this time of year. Horses that have been winning on firm ground may struggle if confronted with soft ground at the York Festival.

Great bookmaker offers at York Ebor Festival

The York Ebor Festival is a great time to open a new betting account. Bookmakers always have some terrific offers for new customers for this meeting including York free bets and enhanced prices on big race favourites. Odds-on favourites can sometimes be offered at 33-1 or 40-1 to a limited stake, a fantastic way to fund your new betting account. If you claim some free bets, do make sure to check the terms and conditions as the expiry date varies with each bookmaker.

Enhanced each-way betting on Ebor Handicap

If you are placing a bet on the Ebor Handicap, be sure to compare bookmakers for the best each-way terms on offer. Some bookmakers will pay out down to fifth or even sixth place on the big race.

Look for Best Odds Guarantee at York Festival

Several leading bookmakers offer the “Best Odds Guarantee” on all races at the York Ebor Festival. This means that if you take an early price and the SP is better, you will still be paid out at the higher odds.


When do you release Ebor Festival tips?

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When do we release today’s York Tips?

York Races tips for today are published on site the night before.

Do you offer enhanced offers and free bets for the Ebor Festival?

We aim to provide you with the best Ebor Festival free bets and enhanced odds throughout the 4-day meeting. The top offers are highlighted and linked directly to the bookmaker site.

What date is the Ebor Festival 2021?

The York Ebor Festival 2021 will take place from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st August.

Will the York Ebor Festival have a crowd in 2021?

Crowd attendance is subject to government restrictions during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Follow the latest press reports on yorkracecourse.co.uk regarding ticket availability for the 2021 Ebor Festival.