The Yorkshire Ebor Festival is one of the last major Flat events of the season which means it attracts tens of thousands of punters eager to get one last taste of a high-profile meeting.
The festival was established in 1843 when the first Ebor Handicap was run at York Racecourse. In this guide, we focus on three Group One events and Europe’s most lucrative Flat handicap event. Hopefully, the four-day meeting won’t suffer the same fate as in 2008 when the entire event was scrapped due to bad weather.
Assuming all goes according to plan, we will all be betting on the Ebor Festival and making a little money while we’re at it. Today’s post is specific to the Yorkshire Ebor Festival, but you can also see this page for a refresher on general horse racing betting strategy.
The Juddmonte International Stakes
Also known as the International Stakes, the Juddmonte is the most lucrative race of the year at York. The Group 1 race is ran over 1m 2f 88 y and the winner receives over £546,000. It was ranked the #1 race in the world of thoroughbred racing from 2012 to 2014, and its most famous winner was the incomparable Frankel.
The Yorkshire Oaks
The Yorkshire Oaks takes place on Ladies’ Day and this Group 1 race is open to fillies and mares aged 3+ only. It is run over 1m 4f and has a first prize of over £207,000. The event was inaugurated in 1849 and has been a Group 1 race since the grading system was created in 1971.
The Nunthorpe Stakes
The Nunthorpe Stakes is a Group 1 event that takes place over a distance of 5 furlongs. With a first prize of over £236,000, you’re sure to see some of the fastest horses in the UK at the event. The modern-day version of the race first took place in 1922, and it is the only Group 1 race in the UK that allows 2yo geldings to compete.
The Ebor Handicap is run over 1m 6f and is the most lucrative handicap in Europe with a prize fund of £280,000. The event is named after the Roman name for York; Eboracum and the inaugural event took place in 1843 over 2 miles. It is the highlight of the festival’s final day.
Wes Burns has more than a decade’s worth of experience as a writer, researcher, and analyst in the legal online betting industry and is co-founder of OnlineBettingSites.com. Wes approaches his work from the viewpoint of players.