Here is your guide to the Ebor Meeting taking place at York Racecourse between Wednesday 22nd and Saturday 25th August 2018.
The Guide to the Ebor Meeting gives you a day by day breakdown of what races are being run and some useful facts about what sort of tickets to get and the cost of those tickets.
The Ebor Festival is one of racings favourite meetings. One main reason for this is that York Racecourse is so beautiful and so well set out that you can’t not enjoy your day there. The festival is four days of fantastic high quality racing with a hall of fame of the previous winners.
Guide to the Ebor Meeting – RACING
Kicks off with 3 group races including the Group 1 Juddmonte International stakes, won by racing greats like FRANKEL and AUSTRALIA, there is no better start. This year sees POETS WORD, BENBATL and ROARING LION lining up for the big race.
This is all about the ladies on and off the track, kicking off with the fillies and mares stakes race and of course the Yorkshire Oaks on the track. Off the track it is ladies day and one of the most highly regarded of all the competitions with a bill of fantastic prizes.
Friday is Nunthorpe day, a big day for Jim Crowley and BATTAASH, one of the best horses in the world right now. It will be a tough race between him and BLUE POINT. Before this is the Gimcrack stakes for the colts and geldings.
The final day of the festival is one of the busiest and with the feature race the Ebor Handicap, runners are still to be confirmed but STRATUM is currently favourite, however anything can change in a week!
Guide to the Ebor Meeting – Betting
We’ve all heard the saying “Horses for Courses” well it is true. Certain types of horses do well on different courses and the same is in fact true about trainers and jockeys.
Some tracks favour front runners others don’t. Some courses have distinct draw bias giving an advantage to horses based on which stall they are draw in.
Click on the York TRACKFAXS to get the low down to see if your selection has a built in advantage or not!!
Guide to the Ebor Meeting – TICKETS
Where to be for the best views?
COUNTY STAND – from £62
The County Stand is the premier enclosure at York. Guests will gain access to the award winning Ebor Stand, Listed Gimcrack Stand and Champagne Terrace. A selection of bars and viewing areas can be found on the ground and fifth floor, whilst the ground floor boasts the delightful Ebor Bistro – these are all open to County Stand Badgeholders.
Guests will receive easy access to both the Parade Ring and Winner’s Enclosure, and will also be able to see the triumphant horses first hand, with unsurpassed views from the Winning Post.
Admission includes a complimentary racecard, which offers much more than the information on the runners & riders. It is also important to note that admission to the County Stand also allows guests access to the Grandstand & Paddock as well as the Course Enclosure.
GRANDSTAND & PADDOCK STAND – from £34
The largest enclosure at York, guests admitting into the Grandstand & Paddock can come casually dressed. The area offers a host of bars found in the Knavesmire Stand, many with breathtaking views across the track and seated viewing areas. The Bustardthorpe Lawns also provide fantastic trackside viewing, and is popular for spectators wishing to enjoy York’s good food to go.
Access to both the main betting ring and the parade ring are easily accessible from the front of the stands.
To buy tickets: https://www.yorkracecourse.co.uk/racing-fixtures.html
Guide to the Ebor Meeting – Dress Codes
What to wear?
As a world class racecourse, York places utmost importance in dressing in a suitable manner. Gentleman must wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie in the County Stand, and although smart trousers and formal shoes are recommended to complete the look, there is no formal restriction on wearing jeans and trainers. Similarly, if gentlemen believe the weather warrants shorts then there is no formal restriction to them being worn. Ladies are required to wear a dress, whilst hats are optional.
The Grandstand & Paddock and Course Enclosure requires a more relaxed dress code. Shorts and t-shirts are often worn by racegoers enjoying the sun, and the only real restrictions fall under the common sense category – bare chests and slogan t-shirts are unacceptable.
Guide to the Ebor Meeting – Travel Information
How to find the course?
York is approximately 2 hours away from London by train. A shuttle bus service operates from the train station to the racecourse from 11am and then at frequent intervals until 2pm. Similarly, from racecourse to station the bus operates from 4pm to 6:10pm. The shuttle bus takes approximately 12 minutes, and fares cost £2 one way and £3 return.
York’s central location means it can be easily located from all areas. The recommended route to the racecourse from all directions is via the A64. Please also be aware that on race days a traffic plan is operated, and may lead to temporary road closures requiring you to follow the signposted routes.
Car parking is both free and plentiful at York. As of this year, there is also the option to park one mile away from the racecourse at the Askham Bar on Tadcaster Road, although a fee applies.