The York Ebor Festival

The fabulous York Ebor is nearly upon us with only a week to go. York Racecourse is a favourite for many fans of racing and professionals within the industry. This is due to its perfectly laid out course, amazing track and the beautiful surroundings it sits in. 

York Stands

York Stands

Starting with the surroundings, York racecourse is 10 minutes drive from the heart of the city, which is full of life, history and the famous Yorkshire Pudding Roast Wraps! With this fantastic City comes some amazing hotels, Racing Breaks offer a range of these not just for the Ebor, but racing at york all year round. York have the Marriott perfectly located on site at the track which gets booked up rather quickly. An alternative, more high end hotel is The Grand, York. The Grand is in the heart of the city just 10 minutes drive away from the track and only 5 minutes from the main train station. An exquisite hotel with a perfect mix of old and new with a modern twist. The rooms are done to a very high standard complete with an amazing spa and superb in house restaurants so you don’t even need to leave your hotel. PACKAGES

Onto the racecourse, York was renovated only a few years ago and has the perfect layout that suits both the horses and spectators from the stands. Everyone in racing comments on  how much they love it and how nice the experience is every year. Everything is within close proximity of each other but not on top of one another. The parade ring is situated alongside the track and overlooked by the champagne bar and roof terrace. It is also in eye line of the Champagne Lawn and the old weighing room which now serves food and drinks. The rest of the course seamlessly flows round with an array of restaurants, fast food and great bars to enjoy the racing from.

The Champagne bar next to the Parade Ring.

The Champagne bar next to the Parade Ring.

The Parade Ring

The Parade Ring

The racing... the most important part...top class with the biggest names having come and won here. To break it down, the Ebor Festival is run over four day, each day has an epic feature race that you do not want to miss.

Starting with the Wednesday, The Juddmonte International, the richest race of the season at York racecourse. Previous years have seen ROARING LION and AUSTRALIA to post first and it looks like this year could be just as special with the mighty CRYSTAL OCEAN. There is also a Group 2 on the Wednesday which currently has DASHING WILLOUGHBY entered; the Royal Ascot Queen’s Vase winner.

Thursday is Ladies day and will see the Ladies (and Gentlemen) of Yorkshire turn out in their finest outfits. The prize for best dressed is always something to look forward to and this years’ prize features a £250 John Lewis Hamper and a day in John Lewis plus much much more. This is also a big day for the ladies of the four legged variety with the Mares and Fillies Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks. This saw SEA OF CLASS win last year and ENABLE the year before. Now ENABLE is back to take the cup again, this will most likely be her warm up before Paris and was a surprise to many that Gosden has decided to give her the run. Gosden will also line up ANAPURNA who won the epsom Oaks under Frankie. 

Ladies Day at York

Ladies Day at York

Enable Winning at York

Enable Winning at York

Friday is Sprinters day! The king of the sprinters is set for York...the mighty BATTAASH is making the trip up to York to take on the competition in the Nunthorpe Stakes. A race with a history of winners like MARSHA, MECCAS ANGLE and SOLE POWER.

Finally the week is drawn to a conclusion with the final day which features the Ebor Handicap which is the reason of the naming of this Festival and was first run in 1843. Friday also features the Lonsdale Cup, won last year by STRADIVARIUS who is back again to defend his title. 

As you can see york has so much to offer with so much in the city to see and do and topped off with incredible racing and a stunning track. This is one of the last major flat race meetings in the country so make sure you don’t miss out! BOOK HERE

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