York Course Guide

One of the leading flat racecourses in the country, York’s Knavesmire track has existed since 1730 and almost 300 years on it stages one of the highlights of the racing calendar in the shape of the four-day Ebor Festival in August.

The Festival includes middle-distance Group 1 events in the shape of the International Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks, a top sprint in the Nunthorpe Stakes, leading juvenile races in the Gimcrack and Lowther Stakes plus the flagship Ebor Handicap itself.

Outside of the big fixture, York hosts the three-day Dante Stakes meeting in May; the feature race a key trial for the Epsom Derby as its twin, the Musidora Stakes is for the Oaks, plus the Yorkshire Cup.

Over the height of the summer, York stages two major Saturday handicaps in the shape of the Macmillan Charity Sprint in mid-June and the John Smith’s Cup the following month.


Left handed, flat. In essence, a very fair track, ideal for the long-striding galloper. In recent seasons, the field tends to come more down the centre of the track than has historically been the case, particularly if conditions are testing. The track was made into a circuit in 2005, and offers a straight 5f/6f track, while 7f races start on a chute.

Because they can start racing from a long way out at York, which is a big galloping track, sometimes the last one to challenge has an advantage. Some people think it suits front-runners, but more often than not the one in the lead will get picked off at around the 1f marker. There’s no doubt it’s a quality course, though, wide, with no ridges, lovely sweeping turns and no draw bias. It can become very testing when the ground gets soft - it is KnavesMIRE, after all - and then it really takes some getting.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver
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Upcoming races
14:05 Sky Bet 'Get Knotted' Handicap
7f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Bedouin's Story 11/2
  • Jockey: Gabriele Malune Trainer: S bin Suroor
  • Owner: Godolphin
14:40 Sky Bet Dash Handicap
6f | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 15 ran
  • Winner: Dakota Gold 10/1
  • Jockey: Connor Beasley Trainer: M Dods
  • Owner: Doug Graham & Ian Davison
15:15 Sky Bet York Stakes
Group 2
1m 2½f | Class 1 | 3YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Elarqam 7/1
  • Jockey: Dane O'Neill Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum
15:45 Skybet Britain's Most Popular Online Bookmaker Novice Median Auction Stakes
6f | Class 3 | 2YO only | 6 ran
  • Winner: Abstemious 11/8 Fav
  • Jockey: J P Spencer Trainer: K A Ryan
  • Owner: Guy Reed Racing 1
16:20 Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap
2m ½f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Always Resolute 10/1
  • Jockey: Angus Villiers Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Owner: Ne-chance
16:55 Sky Bet Supporting New Beginnings British Ebf Fillies' Handicap
1m 2½f | Class 3 | 3YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Ladies First 10/1
  • Jockey: Nathan Evans Trainer: M W Easterby
  • Owner: Casino Royale Racing
17:25 Sporting Life Fast Results Handicap
7f | Class 4 | 3YO only | 9 ran
  • Winner: Triple Distilled 11/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Rowan Scott Trainer: N Tinkler
  • Owner: Mr John R Saville

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01904 620911

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