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York Races Betting

York racecourse is one of the highest regarded racecourses in the United Kingdom and when it comes to betting, York offers some of the biggest races in the horse racing calendar, including but not limited to the Yorkshire Oaks, Juddmonte International Stakes and Nunthorpe Stakes. York is also one of the only racecourses that hosts more than one group 1 race. York hosts three group 1 events and only Newmarket racecourse and Ascot host more with both venues hosting over eight grade one races.

Betting at York racecourse isn't just limited to group 1 races; however, there are a plethora of ungraded, group 2 and group 3 races across most months in the calendar. However, the summer and autumn months are where the racing gets more prominent with the likes of the Yorkshire Cup in May all the way to the Rockingham Stakes that takes place in October.

York Betting

Betting at York racecourse can prove to be more suspenseful than at other racecourses due to the flat course. If races take on the 5 furlong race, such as the Nunthorpe Stakes, the race is virtually a straight line and a pure battle of speed. However, races that take on the full course or anything close to the 1 mile 7 furlongs, for example, the John Smith's Cup which is 1 mile 5 furlongs, the tight nature of the turn into the final straight provides some riveting action for viewers.

The most popular festival for betting at York is the Ebor Festival which takes place in August and hosts the famous Ebor handicap, which was the first British Handicap race to be worth over 1 million pounds. If anything summed up the class of the racing at York racecourse, it is the fact that in regards to prize money offered out, York sits second behind Ascot in the average per meeting.

Find the best betting odds for York Racecourse

York racecourse is one of the most popular racecourses in Britain for flat horse racing. With the likes of the International Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks, York hosts some of the top races in the calendar. However, there is more than one race at every event, each day of racing hosts a number of big races with the highlight being the four day Ebor festival. York is also quite a unique course due to the fact there are a number of different ways the track can be run. Races can be as long as 2m 7f or as short as 5f, so just because a horse has good odds and has run at York before, bettors will need to analyse if they ran on the straight track or the full course.

You may also find that certain jockeys and trainers have better records at York racecourse than at some others, Frankie Dettori has a great record at this course while trainers Andrew Balding and J & T Gosden also have great records on this course.

History of York Racecourse

Racing at York is supposed to have begun in 1530, which would mean that York is relatively close to it's 500th racing anniversary. However, the first race at the current York Racecourse took place in 1731 and was part of the 100 Guineas event, a six-day meeting at the racecourse. The racecourse has gone through many renovations and it is currently deemed as one of the most prestigious courses in all of Europe.

If certain racecourses are unavailable for an event, York is one of the courses that many turn to to host events, for example, York Racecourse has hosted Royal Ascot in 2005 and the St Leger Festival in 2006.

Bet on York Group 1 and 2 races

If you're looking for the biggest races at York racecourse, group 1 and group 2 races can often be the highlights of a day of racing, check out when these take place below.

Month Event Length Group
May Duke of York Stakes 6f Two
May Middleton Stakes 1m 2f 56y Two
May Dante Stakes 1m 2f 56y Two
May Yorkshire Cup 1m 5f 188y Two
July York Stakes 1m 2f 56y Two
August International Stakes 1m 2f 56y One
August Yorkshire Oaks 1m 3f 188y One
August Nunthorpe Stakes 5f One
August Great Voltigeur Stakes 1m 3f 188y Two
August Lowther Stakes 6f Two
August Lonsdale Cup 2m 56y Two
August Gimcrack Stakes 6f Two
August City of York Stakes 7f Two

York racecourse hosts the joint most group two races with ten, this is tied with Newmarket racecourse and Ascot.

Betting on York Racecourses Ebor Festival

The Ebor Festival is a four day racing festival with three group 1 races and five group 2 races across the festival. The final day, which is often a Saturday has no group 1 race but does include the City of York Stakes and three heritage handicap races.

The centrepiece of day 1 is the Juddmonte International Stakes which is open to three year old horses and older, the race is run over 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 56 yards, meaning that the race requires a bit of stamina alongside speed, particularly in comparison to the Nunthorpe Stakes which sits at five furlongs.

As for the other days, you'll be looking forward to the Yorkshire Oaks on day two and the Nunthorpe Stakes on day three, with other handicaps, group 2 and group 3 races around them, there is plenty of racing to be found across the entire festival.

If you're looking for horse racing betting tips, for York racecourse, check out the link below.

York Racing Tips

In regards to placing bets, you'll be looking for completely different things in a one mile and two furlongs race than you would for the five furlong race. Picking the winner bet for any race during this event will be difficult due to the high quality of competition at the Ebor meeting.

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