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The York Ebor Festival is a four-day meeting held at York racecourse each August. It is one of Britain’s leading summer festivals and features three top-class Group One contests, headlined by the ultra-competitive Ebor Handicap over 1m6f on the fourth and final day.

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Founded in 1843, the Ebor handicap, was originally known as the Great Ebor Handicap after Eboracum; the Roman name for York. The contest was first raced over a distance of two-miles, though was later decreased two-furlongs where it has become Europe’s richest flat racing handicap. 

The opening day of the Ebor Festival - raced on a Wednesday - is named Juddmonte International Day after the showpiece event, the Juddmonte International. The Juddmonte is a Group One over 1m2f for horses aged three years and older and is renowned for bringing together the Classic generation with their elders. It has become routine for dominant Guineas’ and Derby victors to tackle the older crop in the Juddmonte, as shown by Frankel’s mouth-watering showdown with St Nicholas Abbey in 2012. The race is regarded as one of the very best middle-distance contests of the summer, adding further importance to the first day of the meeting.

The Great Voltigeur Stakes also plays a major role in the horse racing action on the Ebor meeting’s opening card. As a Group Two race over 1m4f for three-year-old colts and geldings, the Voltigeur is a fantastic mid-summer alternative to the Epsom Derby. In 2006, Youmzain won the Group Two highlight before going on to finish placed on three occasions in Europe’s richest turf race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Silvestre De Sousa riding Arabian Queen (R) win The Juddmonte International Stakes from Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori.

Day two marks Ladies’ Day at York racecourse as the Yorkshire Oaks and Lowther Stakes head a fascinating afternoon’s racing. The Yorkshire Oaks, a Group One race for fillies’ aged three and older, is renowned for showcases the very best fillies’ and mares’ from across Europe, including the season’s Epsom Oaks heroine. In 2014, Oaks and King George star Taghrooda was beaten in the Yorkshire Oaks as heavy odds-on favourite in what was a memorable battle with Tapestry.

The Group Two Lowther Stakes, raced alongside the Yorkshire Oaks on the Thursday of York’s Ebor meeting, is a noteworthy contest for two-year-old fillies’ over seven-furlongs. Throughout the festival’s history, the Lowther has stood as a significant trial for the following year’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. In 2002, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Russian Rhythm won the Lowther Stakes under Kieron Fallon before going on to secure the following season’s second Classic.

The third afternoon of York’s four-day Ebor meeting is centred around the sprinters, and the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes for horses aged two and older. A blistering five-furlong sprint that is regarded as amongst the strongest in the division. Each year, the leading contenders from the sprinting sphere do battle in what is frequently built as a rematch from Royal Ascot’s King Stand’s Stakes. Also on the card is the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes over six-furlongs for two-year-old colts and geldings, a contest that showcases the future sprint crop. 

Ryan Moore riding Tapestry (L) win The Darley Yorkshire Oaks from Taghrooda (2L).

Day four of the Ebor meeting sees the week’s showpiece event, and Europe’s richest handicap, the Ebor Handicap headline a hugely competitive card. Raced over 1m6f, the Ebor brings together a number of Britain and Ireland’s best staying handicappers as they do battle for a share of the £250,000 prize-purse. In a period from 2001-2015, only one winner of the Ebor handicap was priced at single figure odds, cementing the race’s position as amongst the campaign’s most competitive. 

Accompanying the Ebor Handicap on the fourth and final day of the meeting is the Group Two Lonsdale Cup over two-miles for horses aged three or more. It is a race which sees many of Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup crop meet again in their bid for further glory, or big-race redemption. 

There’s no doubting that the Ebor meeting is one of flat racing’s most premier festivals. Four days of top-class thoroughbred action, coupled with Yorkshire’s finest social atmosphere, makes York racecourses’ summer showpiece a week not to miss. Celebrity attendance is renowned at the Ebor meeting as the country’s most profile individuals make the trip to the Knavesmire to advertise their fashion and style. Over 60,000 people fill York racecourse each day in their bid to soak up the famous Northern atmosphere on a week that boasts unparalleled sporting excitement. 

Ebor Festival schedule


1.55 - Symphony Group Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 5f89y
2.30 - Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 7f
3.05 - Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 1m4f
3.40 - Juddmonte International Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Cl1 1m2f88y
4.20 - Fine Equinity Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 2m88y
4.55 - Stakes (Nursery Handicap) (Bobis Race) Cl2 6f


1.55 - DBS Premier Yearling Stakes Cl2 6f
2.30 - Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 6f
3.05 - Clipper Logistics Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 1m
3.40 - Darley Yorkshire Oaks (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m4f
4.20 - Sir Henry Cecil & EBF Galtres Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 1m4f
4.55 - EBF Stallions Fillies´ Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 7f


1.55 - Sky Bet Handicap Cl2 1m4f
2.30 - Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup (British Champions Series) Cl1 2m88y
3.05 - Sky Bet City Of York Stakes Cl1 7f
3.40 - Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Cl1 5f
4.20 - Sky Bet Convivial Maiden Stakes (Bobis Race) Cl2 7f
4.55 - Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes (Handicap) (Bobis Race) Cl2 1m


2:05 - Betfred Strensall Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 1m208y
2:40 - Betfred Melrose Stakes (Handicap) (Bobis Race) Cl2 1m6f
3:15 - Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 6f
3:50 - Betfred Ebor (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 1m6f
4:25 - Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 5f
5:00 - Betfred The Bonus King Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 1m2f88y
5:35 - Qipco Future Stars Apprentice Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 5f

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