York Home of the Ebor Handicap The draw on this Left hand course favours the low numbers when the going is soft or heavy low.
York has been referred to as the Ascot of the North and records of racing at York go back to 1530, Charles I watched a race on Acomb Moor in 1633. the present course has held racing since the floods of 1731 when racing was transferred from Clifton Ings. The first grandstand was built 25 years later, today York boasts the best facilities of any course in the country.
The 2 mile course is wide completely flat with sweeping turns, the 7 furlong straight joins the round course 5 furlongs from home this course provides a fair test of thoroughbred horses.
Yorks main meetings take place in May and August the August meeting is usually referred to as the 'Ebor'. It's the handicap race that bears this name that usually attracts all the attention but the same meeting boasts the Gimcrack Stakes for 2yo this race is named after the grey Gimcrack who was so popular in the 18th century that a club was founded in it's honour.The Gimcrack club which is second only to the Jockey club in age.
Other top races include the Juddmonte International Stakes the Yorkshire Oaks and the race that is recognised as a trial for the St Leger the Great Voltigeur Stakes for 3yo colts and geldings. July welcomes the John Smith's Handicap and May welcomes the Dante Stakes and musidora Stakes.
Ebor Handicap first run in 1843 in recent years no favourite has been a winner but the winning horse usually comes from the top four backed horses.