York Racecourse

York Race Course

York Races

York race course often comes out on top, when the discussion about where the UKs best horse racing course crops up. York is often seen as being one of the UKs most prestigious and enjoyable race courses to attend. The recent winner of the Flat Racecourse of the Year Award it’s never short of an accolade or two, from industry experts.

Unlike other tracks, where we can be accurate with regards to when the first meet occurred, York has a somewhat hazier history. Races were first recorded in York when England was governed by a Roman Emperor, going by the name of Emperor Severus, over 2,000 years ago. Or, thereabouts.

In more recent times, well around the 16th century records show horse races once took place upon the frozen river Ouse, between Micklegate Tower and Skeldergare Postern.

The course, where it sits now at Knavesmire, has been here since 1730, having been forced to move due to continuous flooding. The first meet, on this horse shoe shaped course, took place in 1731. The first stands went up in 1754 and there has been continued expansion and development since.

York Races Winners

York races has had its fair share of famous horse’s grace it’s course over the years. One of the most memorable days was back in 1851, when an estimated 150,000 watched The Flying Dutchman win against the legendary Voltigeur, in the so-called Great Match. Another memorable winner at York, would have to be The Princess Royal herself, who back in June 1988, took the grand prize in the Queen Mother’s Cup race.

York Races Tips

We’ve tips all year-round for many horse races that take place on a daily basis. You can keep abreast of all our daily racing tips by clicking this link. You’ll find our racing tips page is updated daily for all UK race events.

Remember to check back here for the latest tips with odds for all upcoming York racing events, including the infamous Ebor race.

We’ll list betting tips here nearer to the race event itself, remember to check back often for all your York racing tips.

Ebor York Festival

Taking place in August, from the 23rd to the 26th the Ebor Festival features some of the UKs oldest, fastest, richest and most famous of races.

A fashionable spectacle, with a wealth of talented horses, it’s a bookmaker’s, as well as a punters dream. The Group 1 Juddmonte International race ranks number 1 for thoroughbred horse participation.

Dress to impress too, there’s a prize giveaway of around £500 for the best dressed lady. Though, it’s purely the privilege and honour to be selected as opposed to any fee for the honour. There’s a host of runner up prize giveaways too, even for best dressed hat, so get imaginative.

We'll be updating this section with odds and our tips for the Ebor Festival closer to the race event itself, so remember to check back close to this illustrious event.

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The York Racecourse

Annually, approximately 360,000 visit York’s racecourses and the vast majority will be budgeting in for a bet or two.

Though, like other racecourses across the country there’s no strict dress code. However, as with tradition gents usually wear a suit, for the County Stand a jacket, collared shirt and tie are stipulated here.

York Race Course

During the Ebor festival, the course comes alive with flower beds, flower boxes, featured displays and a plethora of hanging baskets.

And, if you like a tipple within such an organic and beautiful, coloured space then you are in for a treat. York has an award-winning Wine List, having won a national award for wines that offered value along with an extensive selection.

The course saw its highest attendance back in 1851, when an estimated 150,000 saw The Flying Dutchman beat Voltigeur. Nowadays, the modern era, the biggest crowd recorded was on a July Saturday afternoon in 2010, when 42,586 was the recorded attendance.

York Races Fixtures

Friday 12th October 2018 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Saturday 13th October 2018 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Wednesday 15th May 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Thursday 16th May 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Friday 17th May 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Saturday 25th May 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Friday 14th June 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Saturday 15th June 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Saturday 29th June 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Friday 12th July 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Saturday 13th July 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Friday 26th July 2019 - Flat - Evening - Turf

Saturday 27th July 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Wednesday 21st August 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Thursday 22nd August 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Friday 23rd August 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Saturday 24th August 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Sunday 8th September 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Friday 11th October 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Saturday 12th October 2019 - Flat - Afternoon - Turf

Getting to York Racecourse

Situated just to the south-west of the city close to the chocolate works:

Tadcaster Road


YO23 1EX

Tel: 01904 620 911

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