York Racecourse Guide
York Racecourse is often referred to as the “Ascot of The North” and the Trip Advisor review of the course uses that headline, however, the races, course, facilities, and vista are good enough in their own right.
York races from May through October hold around 17 quality meetings, which include 3 Group 1 races, 9 Group 2 races, and 5 Group 3 races.
Highlights: The three Group 1 races all take place during the 4 days Ebor Festival in August, the Juddmonte International Stakes is on Wednesday, Yorkshire Oaks is on Thursday, with the Nunthorpe Stakes takes place on Friday.
Other races at the Dante Festival
- Jorvik Stakes
- Duke of York Stakes
- Middleton Stakes
- Hambleton Stakes
- Yorkshire Cup
- Churchill Tyres Handicap
- Lindum York Handicap
- Knights Solicitors Handicap
As well as the top quality races above York has some of the best and most competitive handicaps on the flat including the richest handicap in Europe the 1 mile 6 furlongs Ebor Handicap.
Another big handicap held at York is the John Smiths Cup, created in 1960 the race holds the record for the longest-running commercial sponsorship in British racing as well as the Sky Bet Dash, don't blink otherwise you will miss the race!
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* All statistics below are based on the previous five seasons at York
York Outright Favourite Statistics
- Flat Handicaps: 83-326 (25%) -21.40
- Flat Non-Handicaps: 30-75 (40%) -2.81
York Racecourse Map
The track is flat and left-handed and regarded as a very fair track. York suits galloping types who can maintain a level of speed over a longer stretch, with a near on five-furlong straight the ability to see out the trip over the longer distances is important.
York Racecourse Address: Racecourse Road, Knavesmire Road, York YO23 1EX
York Racecourse Telephone: 01904 620911
To buy tickets for a race day at York, head over to their official ticket booking webpage.
York Draw Bias
The most profitable stall at York in the win market when breaking it down to race trips is stall 2 over a trip of 1m2½f, backing all runners in this stall over that trip over the past five years would have returned a profit of +66.17. The stall with the worst loss at York in the win market when breaking it down to race trips is stall 11 over a trip of 6f, backing all runners in this stall over that trip over the past five years would have returned a loss of -78.00.
Here we have the draw bias for York taken into consideration races with ten or more runners, we will break down the figures by race distance, draws can be much more important over the shorter trips in which runners do not have time to find their position during the race meaning the draw is probably more important than the races over longer distances.
- Sprints (5f to 7½f)
- Mile (1m to 1m1½f)
- Middle Distance (1m2f to 1m5½f)
- Long Distance (1m6f or further)
The following table shows a breakdown over a group of trips and shows how each position of the draw does, for example in a twelve-runner race would be Low (Stalls 1-4), Mid (Stalls 5-8) and High (Stalls 9-12), the positions will always be lowest stall number to highest.
York Jockey and Trainer Statistics
Who are the best flat jockeys and trainers to bet on at York?
Backing all of the W J Haggas runners would have produced backing the most winners for a trainer here at York with thirty-eight but you would have returned a loss by doing so, J H M Gosden leads the way for profitable trainers with an LSP of +2.43 from their twenty-six winners. John Butler is the trainer to follow at York if you are backing eachway as they show the best LSP of all the trainers in the eachway markets, that is +32.93 which is courtesy of their seven placings (four winners). A total of thirty winners from four hundred forty-nine runners at York has R A Fahey at the wrong end of the trainers' list with their 7% strike rate and worst LSP of -211.69.
Whilst Daniel Tudhope is the most successful jockey at York with a total of thirty-four winners, if you backed all of their rides you would be showing a loss. Connor Beasley is the most successful jockey at York for those who show a profit if backing all their rides thanks to a total of twenty winners and an LSP of +63.59. If you are looking for a jockey to follow in the eachway market then it is Phil Dennis who leads the way at York, they have had a total of five placings which includes three winners over the previous five for an eachway LSP of +29.23. Daniel Tudhope does not have a great record at York, their LSP of -89.93 has them stone dead bottom of the jockeys' list, which has come from thirty-four winners from two hundred ninety rides which is a 12% strike rate.
York Picks & Hints
Here are some factors at York for certain trainers or jockeys which have been profitable:
- 7-11 (64%) +13.69 - Backing L Dettori rides when on horses aged 5yo
York Top Jockey and Trainer Combinations
Here are the best trainer and jockey combinations here at York based on the number of winners:
- 16 Wins: J H M Gosden & L Dettori
- 14 Wins: T D Easterby & David Allan
- 14 Wins: W J Haggas & Tom Marquand
- 11 Wins: D O'Meara & Daniel Tudhope
- 10 Wins: K R Burke & Clifford Lee
York Top Trainers By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit
|J H M Gosden
|A M Balding
|Richard Hannon (Jnr)
|P T Midgley
York Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit
|S M Levey
York Ebor Festival Schedule
York Ebor Festival - Wednesday
The Ebor Festival at York kicks off on Wednesday and runs through to Saturday, on the opening day the highlight is the Juddmonte International, a Group 1 race that is run over one mile and two furlongs. The race has been a favourite for Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O'Brien, the pair have won the race six times apiece whilst Dettori became the leading jockey after his 2023 win took him to six wins in the race. Favourites have a good record in the race with the majority of winners coming from the top three in the market.
|Indian Run (IRE)
2yo - 17/2
|Eve Johnson Houghton
|Great Voltigeur Stakes
3yo - 4/1
|A P O'Brien
|Juddmonte International Stakes
5yo - 3/1
|John & Thady Gosden
|Symphony Group Handicap
8yo - 12/1
|York Ebor Festival Stayers Handicap
|Forza Orta (IRE)
5yo - 8/1
York Ebor Festival - Thursday
The second day of the festival which is better known as Ladies Day has the Yorkshire Oaks as the highlight of the day, this Group 1 is open only to fillies and mares and is contested over just shy of one mile and four furlongs. It's another race in which Sir Michael Stoute has a good record with nine wins, a record he shares with Mathew Dawson who has winners between 1868 & 1884. It's another race which has favoured those at the head of the market with the top two producing most of the winners.
|Clipper Logistics Heritage Handicap
|Ropey Guest (GB)
6yo - 40/1
|Sea Theme (IRE)
3yo - 5/2
|Relief Rally (IRE)
2yo - 2/1
|Premier Yearling Stakes
|Dragon Leader (IRE)
2yo - 7/2
|Warm Heart (IRE)
3yo - 9/1
|A P O'Brien
York Ebor Festival - Friday
The Nunthorpe, like the Group 1's on the opening two days is part of the British Champions Series and is the feature on day three, this race is contested over five furlongs. You can tend to look further than the favourite in this race, we have twice had 40/1 winners (2013 & 2018) in recent times. No trainer has been able to lock down repeat wins in recent times which means Ossie Bell still holds the record of five wins between 1926 & 1937 whilst Lester Piggott is the leading jockey with an impressive seven wins on six different horses.
|Lake Forest (GB)
2yo - 16/1
6yo - 11/4
|Live In The Dream (IRE)
4yo - 28/1
|York Ebor Festival Sky Bet Handicap
|Marhaba The Champ (GB)
4yo - 8/1
York Ebor Festival - Saturday
The fourth and final day of the festival is known as Ebor Day because the feature race is the Ebor Heritage Handicap, a class two contested over nearly one mile and six furlongs normally attracts a large field and quite often produces a winner a double-figure odds. Inaugurated in 1843 it is once again Lester Piggott who holds the record for riding winners, he rode a total of five whilst Tod Dawson's long-standing record of five wins as a trainer between 1844 & 1867 still stands strong, Stoute & Cumani both on three wins are the closest to his record.
|City of York Stakes
6yo - 9/4
5yo - 7/1
|W P Mullins
|Melrose Heritage Handicap
|Middle Earth (GB)
3yo - 9/2
|John & Thady Gosden
2yo - 6/1
|Kevin Philippart De Foy
|Spirit Dancer (GB)
6yo - 6/1
Top Trainers & Jockeys at the York Ebor Festival
York Ebor Festival Top Trainers
It is tight at the top of the trainer's table for the past ten Ebor Festivals, John Gosden is just leading the way with twenty winners, one ahead of the William Haggas. Only three of the top ten trainers show a profit when backing all of their runners.
|Gosden, J H M
|Haggas, W J
|Balding, A M
|O'Brien, A P
|Hannon (Jnr), Richard
|Ryan, K A
|Beckett, R M
York Ebor Festival Top Jockeys
Frankie Dettori topped the jockeys' list over the past ten festivals with 22 winners but can the likes of Buick who is three behind or Moore/Crowley who is even behind make a move for the top spot?
With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for York Racecourse which includes the favourite statistics, draw bias and the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using results from HorseRaceBase.