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Ebor Festival: Dates, schedule, history & betting odds

The Ebor Festival is York's premier meeting of the year and takes place over four days in mid-August, mixing Group 1 action and the famous Ebor Handicap at the leading racecourse in the north of England.

The Knavesmire plays host to these four high-class days of racing, the last of the key British summer festivals of Flat action before autumn creeps in.

There is plenty of Group-race action, including the Juddmonte International, the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. Racing icons such as Frankel (International Stakes 2012), Enable (Yorkshire Oaks 2017, 2019) and Baaeed (International Stakes 2022) have won here in recent the past.

The festival is named after the Ebor Handicap, Europe's richest handicap flat race and the highlight of the final day.

The York Ebor Festival has been referred to as 'the Royal Ascot of the North' and it is one of the proudest of sporting traditions held annually in Yorkshire.

WhatEbor Festival 
WhereYork Racecourse
WhenWednesday 21st August – Saturday 24th August, 2024
How to watchbet365 live sports streaming, ITV, Racing TV

Ebor Festival date

In 2024, the Ebor Festival is scheduled to take place from Wednesday 21st August until Saturday 24th August.

Ebor Festival venue

The Ebor Festival is a four-day race meeting held at York Racecourse in North Yorkshire, England. Located in the Knavesmire, it is the third biggest racecourse in Britain in terms of total prize money offered and second behind Ascot in prize money offered per meeting.

Ebor Festival how to watch

You can catch the entire Ebor Festival via the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform, while it is also shown live on ITV in Britain, as well as dedicated subscription channel Racing TV.

Tickets to watch the event in person are available through York’s website.

Ebor Festival history

The Ebor festival was established in 1843 with the first running of the Ebor Handicap. The first winner of the race was Pagan and since then it’s been a stalwart within the racing calendar.

Each of the four days has feature races. Wednesday’s highlight is the Juddmonte International and also stages the Great Voltigeur Stakes and the Acomb Stakes.

Thursday is known as Ladies' Day and the racing highlights are the Lowther Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks, which is for fillies.

Friday features the Nunthorpe Stakes, the Gimcrack Stakes and the Strensall Stakes.

Saturday includes the big-money Ebor Handicap and the Lonsdale Cup, which is for the stayers.

The 2008 Ebor Festival was abandoned after wet weather left the course waterlogged and unfit for racing. It was the first time in the event's history in which racing had to be scrapped due to poor weather.

As one of the last major race meetings of the flat season, it attracts racegoers from all over the world with the course now having a spectator capacity of 60,000.

Ebor Handicap’s most successful jockey

Lester Piggott is the leading jockey in the Ebor Handicap with five wins: Gladness (1958), Primera (1959), Die Hard (1961), Tintagel II (1970) and Jupiter Island (1983).

Frankie Dettori, who has announced his retirement from British flat racing, has won the last two renewals of the Ebor Handicap, landing the spoils on Trawlerman for John & Thady Gosden in 2022 and following up in Absurde for Willie Mullins in 2023.

Ebor Handicap’s most successful trainer

Tom Dawson is the leading trainer in Ebor Handicap history, having taken the prestigious race on five occasions with Godfrey (1844), Mark Tapley (1850), Pax (1860), Makeshift (1862), Mandrake (1867).

That will take some beating with Sir Michael Stoute, who last won the race in 1996 with Clerkenwell, having won the prize three times.

Gosden, Mullins and Johnny Murtagh have all won the race twice and will be hoping to bolster their tally in the years to come.

What to look forward to on day one of the Ebor Festival

Day one is headlined by the Juddmonte International Stakes, a Group 1 over a mile-and-a-quarter that often sees the Classic generation stepping up to take on their proven elders. 

It has a rich history, with Frankel on the winners' list alongside the likes of Sea The Stars, Australia, Roaring Lion, Ghaiyyath, Mishriff and Baaeed in recent times.

Mostahdaf won the 2023 race, making all under Dettori to see off Falmouth Stakes winner Naswha and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Paddington.

The Acomb Stakes and Great Voltigeur Stakes are other key races on the opening day at York.

What to look forward to on day two of the Ebor Festival

Thursday is Ladies Day at York, on and off the track, with the famous Yorkshire Oaks the feature race on day two. 

The Yorkshire Oaks often features horses that also ran in The Oaks at Epsom. The first to achieve victory in both races was Brown Duchess in 1861, and the most recent was Snowfall in 2021.

Enable won this race twice, in 2017 and 2019, for Gosden and Dettori, becoming only the third dual winner.

O’Brien won the latest edition with Warm Heart, under James Doyle, edging out Dettori and Free Wind.

What to look forward to on day three of the Ebor Festival

Day three at York brings with it the speed-test that is the Nunthorpe Stakes over the flying five-furlongs. 

This Group 1 event has been won in recent times by the likes of Borderlescott, Sole Power, Mecca's Angel and Battaash – the only two-time winners of the Nunthorpe since Sharpo became the second to complete a hat-trick (1980, 1981 & 1982).

Highfield Princess was unable to retain her crown in 2023, with speedball Live In The Dream making all under Sean Kirrane to give trainer Adam West his first Group 1 victory.

What to look forward to on day four of the Ebor Festival

The final day of the meeting centres around the world-famous Ebor Handicap, a one-mile-six-furlong test of stamina and tactical speed around York's famous Knavesmire. 

The event is named after the shortened form of Eboracum, the Roman name for York. It was first run in 1843, and it remains as one of Europe's premier handicaps. 

Willie Mullins had a strong hand in this year’s race with Jackfinbar a strong fancy under William Buick, but it was his stablemate Absurde and Dettori who claimed Ebor glory.

It was a second Ebor win in a row for Dettori, who had won the 2022 renewal aboard Trawlerman.

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