York Racecourse is the premier location for Flat racing in the north of England and a venue that attracts upwards of 350,000 spectators per year.
The picturesque Knavesmire course ticks all the boxes, with excellent facilities, a beautiful setting and top-class racing at its various meetings.
There is usually about 18 days of racing at the north Yorkshire track, with May’s three-day Dante Festival kicking off proceedings.
There are meetings in June, while July sees the prestigious John Smith’s Cup, run over one mile two furlongs and open to horses aged three years or older.
However, when speaking about York races, it is all about the four-day Ebor Meeting, which is held in late August and plays host to three of the UK’s 31 Group One races.
The Juddmonte International Stakes takes centre stage on the opening Wednesday of the showpiece meeting, a race won five times by both the legendary Lester Piggott and by Frankie Dettori.
Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien have both trained five winners of the contest and it looks set to be another cracking renewal this time around as the likes of Barney Roy, Churchill, Highland Reel and Ulysses have been slated for an outing.
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The second Group One on the card is the Yorkshire Oaks, usually run on the Thursday over a distance of one mile and four furlongs.
It to open to fillies and mares aged three years or older and will again attract the good and great of Flat racing.
The incredible Enable is likely to head the market for this one and will be looking for a fifth win of the year and fourth Group One after taking Epsom’s Investec Oaks, the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh and Royal Ascot’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
It will need a monumental performance to beat her and those in line to try include Rhododendron, Winter and So Mi Dar, whose father Dar Re Mi took the race under Jimmy Fortune back in 2009.
For punters who prefer the sprinters then Friday’s Nunthorpe Stakes, for two-year-olds or older, will be unmissable as it is the proverbial cavalry charge over just five furlongs.
Paul Mulrennan guided Mecca’s Angel to glory for the past two years and the likes of Lady Aurelia, Battaash and possibly The Tin Man may well line up for what is one of the most popular sprint races of the season.
The Ebor Handicap is held on the final day, with Heartbreak City scoring under Adam McNamara 12 months ago and Flymetothestars set to be prominent in the market this time around.
Ascot is rightfully thought of as the pinnacle of Flat racing and York has often been likened to the Berkshire venue, proving that it is worth of the title ‘Ascot of the North’ when hosting the 2005 Royal Ascot meeting when the southern venue was undergoing a major redevelopment.