York Ebor Festival


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The Ebor Festival is one of the last great meetings of the flat racing season. Four days of exhilarating action from York and a total prize fund of nearly £2.3 million. With eight races offering six figure prize pools, the meeting is one of the richest, second only to Ascot.

What York Ebor Festival 2024
Where York Racecourse,
When 21-24 August 2024

The Ebor Festival was established in 1843. In a typical year, more than 350,000 race goers would head to York to enjoy the racing.

The 2024 action starts on Wednesday, August 21st, with Juddemonte International Day. Thursday is Ladies’ Day and Friday is Nunthorpe Day, featuring the world’s fastest Group 1 race: the Coolmore Nunthorpe. The festival closes on Saturday August 24th with Ebor Day, where the Ebor Handicap is the featured race of the day.

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York Ebor Races and Dates

Day 1: Juddmonte International

The first day of the Ebor Festival is named after its most important race: the Juddmonte International Stakes. The 10.5 furlong race is considered to be the best thoroughbred Group 1 race in the world, for horses aged three years or older. It was the venue where Frankel won by seven lengths in 2012 and Lester Piggott won twice on Dahlia.

Originally known as the International Stakes, the race has been sponsored by the Juddmonte Farms horse breeding farm since 1989.

Start Time (GMT) Race Distance
13:50 Symphony Group Stakes 5.5f
14:25 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes 7f
15:00 Great Voltigeur Stakes 1m4f
15:35 Juddmonte International Stakes 1m2f
16:10 Sky Bet Stayers Handicap 2m
16:45 Irish Fillies Handicap 5f
17:20 Sky Bet Nursery Handicap 6f

Day 2: Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Ladies Day)

It’s Ladies’ Day both on and off the track. The two big races of the day are the Yorkshire Oaks and the Lowther Stakes. The Oaks is a Group 1 flat horse race open to both fillies and mares, aged three years or older. Run over one mile and three furlongs, it’s the richest race of the day. The Lowther Stakes is also just for the ladies; it’s a six-furlong race, open to two-year-old fillies.

Away from the track, Ladies’ Day is always a spectacle of glamour, high heels, and extravagant headgear.

Start Time (GMT) Race Distance
13:50 Lowther Stakes 6f
14:25 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes 6f
15:00 Clipper Stakes – Handicap 1m
15:35 Darley Yorkshire Oaks 1m4f
16:10 British EBF and Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes 1m4f
16:45 EBF Stallions nursery handicap 7f
17:20 British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Stakes – Handicap 7f

Day 3: Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes

If you like your horse racing flat and very fast, the Nunthorpe Stakes is not to be missed. The five-furlong sprint is one of the fastest horse races on the calendar, allowing two-year-olds to compete with older horses; one of the few races that does. It’s a Group 1 event and the highlight of the Friday race card.

Start Time (GMT) Race Distance
13:50 Sky Bet Handicap 1m4f
14:25 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup – (British Champions Series race Group 2) 2m
15:00 Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes 6f
15:35 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes 5f
16:10 EBF Fillies’ Handicap 1m2f
16:45 British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes 7f
17:20 Sky Bet Mile Handicap 1m

Day 4: Ebor Day

The final day of the Ebor Festival reaches its climax with its most famous race: the Ebor Handicap. Raced over one mile and five furlongs, it’s a flat handicap race open to horses aged four years or over. The race was first run in 1843 and is now the most valuable flat handicap race in Europe. In 2019, it was worth £1 million.

At MansionBet, we have action on every race from this year’s Ebor Festival.

Start Time (GMT) Race Distance
13:50 Strensall Stakes 1m1f
14:25 Melrose Handicap 1m6f
15:00 City of York Stakes 7f
15:35 Ebor – Heritage Handicap 1m6f
16:10 Constantine Handicap 6f
16:40 Sky Bet Stakes – Handicap 1m2f
17:20 Sky Bet Finale Stakes 1m2f

York Racecourse

York Racecourse is located in the south-west of the city, on a site famous for equine activity since the middle-ages and perhaps earlier. The 2.3 mile loop was judged the best in the country by the Times newspaper and has won Racecourse of the Year three times.

In a normal year, the daily spectator capacity is as high as 90,000. More than 350,000 people enjoy the racing at the Ebor Festival.

Stands and Enclosures

County Stand

The County Stand is the premier enclosure at York Racecourse. It was built in 1853 and is the only enclosure that has a dress code. Inside, there is a champagne pavilion and roof terrace. All with great views of the Parade Ring, Pre-Parade Ring, and Main Betting Ring. It has the best winning post view. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some fresh seafood and get a birds-eye view of the action.

Dress Code: For the gentlemen, it’s a jacket, shirt, and tie. Ladies – pretend you are at a wedding.

Grandstand & Paddock Stand

Less formal than the County Stand, the Grandstand and Paddock is packed with bars and ‘good food to go’ options. Visitors have access to all the facilities at the Clocktower Enclosure but enjoy enhanced views of the Parade Ring, the Pre-Parade Ring, and the Main Betting Ring. The stand also houses the Knavesmire Restaurant, as well as the Roberto Lawn and Southern Terraces.

Dress Code: come as you are.

Clocktower Enclosure

This is the least formal of the enclosed areas, with a relaxed view of the stands. Visitors can stand or sit on the grassy bank and enjoy close up views of the finishing line. There is a food court with extensive options, as well as scores of bars, and a variety of trackside bookmakers. You are welcome to bring a picnic but please don’t bring any glass. With tickets starting at just £5, and children under 18 free, this is the best option for casual visitors.

Dress code: clothed, please.

Here at Mansion Bet, we’ll keep bring you the latest news and previews ahead of this magnificent four-day festival which is staged at one of Northern England’s finest racecourses.

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