Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival: Everything You Need To Know

This guide has everything you need to know about the Ebor Festival at York, including race times, odds, and tips.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival offers record prize money of more than £5 million, so looks set to attract the highest rated mare in the world (Enable), the highest-rated horse in the world (Crystal Ocean), the highest-rated stayer in the world (Stradivarius), and the highest-rated filly in the world (Magical) for the flagship meeting of York,, over 4 spectacular days of racing from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 August. 

What is the Ebor Festival?

The website of York Racecourse bills Ebor festival as ‘sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over 4 fabulous days’ and it’s not easy to disagree with this strap-line due to what is presently one of the most significant weeks of the summer.

The Juddmonte International Stakes on the opening afternoon – won by what is widely considered as the greatest thoroughbred Frankel of the world in 2012 – is the standout Group One race of the festival and also one of the most prestigious middle-distance races in Europe.

Although the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks are the highlights on Thursday and Friday, the race which gives the Festival its name has grown in stature in the last seasons and the whole week now also builds towards the Sky Bet Ebor on Saturday.

The mile and three-quarter handicap is one of the year’s most competitive races and will be worth a total prize fund of £1million for the first time in 2019.

Since 1840, the oldest and most famous race of York has generated a lot of excitement and promises to be a thrilling spectacle again this time.

When is the Ebor Festival?

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2019 takes place for four days from Wednesday, August 21 to Saturday, August 24.

The Festival is the final Flat meeting of the British summer schedule in June and the Qatar Goodwood Festival in late July.