About York Racecourse
York Racecourse is a racecourse located in the city of York, North Yorkshire. It’s one of the UK’s premier racing destinations and can even boast it’s the third biggest in terms of prize money given out each year! Horse racing has a deep history in the area too! Racing in York dates back to Roman times; however, official sporting races began as early as 1530! It didn’t find its current venue until 1730 though where it has been hosting events ever since.
York Racecourse only offers Flat racing at its venue. The course is large and oval-shaped with three separate run-in’s attached. The track runs left-handed, is remarkably flat, and has a length of around two miles! Overall York is a big galloping track where the best can show off.
York hosts lots of notable races throughout the summer season. They start in May and run throughout until September. The biggest time of the year for York Racecourse though is in August during its Ebor Festival meeting. This is a four-day event which starts on Wednesday and finishes on the Saturday.
The International Stakes is the first Group 1 race which takes place on the Wednesday. This event is open to horses aged three or older and runs over 1m 3f. It also has a purse of £275k, with £155k going to the winner!
The following day the Yorkshire Oaks takes place. This is open to females aged three or older and runs over 1m 4f. The prize pool for this race is £246k with £142k going to the winner!
The final Class 1 race at York Racecourse occurs on the Friday and is named the Nunthorpe Stakes. Arguably the biggest race at York, the Nunthorpe Stakes was inaugurated in 1922 and is a sprint which runs over 5f. Moreover, the race has open to horses aged two or older and has a purse of £250k!