The Ebor Festival 2021 - York Betting Odds

We’re counting down the days until the 2021 Ebor Festival, with this being one of the most prestigious flat horse racing meetings in the UK calendar. Here at Racing-Odds.com, we already have the Ebor racecards prepared for the four days of horse racing that will take place at the scenic Knavesmire track, with some of the UK and Ireland’s leading runners coming to Yorkshire where they will compete in Group 1 races.

Date Race
18/08 3:35 PMJuddmonte International StakesAll OddsAll Odds
19/08 3:15 PMYorkshire OaksAll OddsAll Odds
20/08 3:15 PMNunthorpe StakesAll OddsAll Odds
21/08 3:40 PMEbor HandicapAll OddsAll Odds

Four Days of Ebor Festival Racecards and Horse Racing

There is so much to enjoy about going through each of the four race cards that comprise the Yorkshire Ebor meeting and picking out the horses that you want to back for victory. Many of the races are Group 1 and several others are highly competitive.

Wednesday 19 August

The International Stakes takes centre stage on Day One of the Ebor meeting and the racecard will feature this race along with several other such as the Great Voltigeur Stakes the Acomb Stakes. The Juddmonte International is a Group 1 race that is run over one mile and two furlongs, with Ghaiyyath trading as the provisional favourite although the odds are constantly changing as the entries are confirmed.

We might also expect Japan, Kameko and Lord North to take their place for a racecard which features the International being run over a decent distance, with the Great Voltigeur over the longer distance of one mile and four furlongs. Logician was the winner of this race in 2019 and was followed home by Constantinople and Norway.

Thursday 20 August

This is traditionally seen as having a Ladies Day racecard, although the only ladies attending the 2020 Ebor Festival will be female horses, jockeys and journalists. However, racegoers will be able to enjoy looking through the York racecards in their own homes and we’re really excited about watching the Darley Yorkshire Oaks among other races.

The Yorkshire Oaks racecard is likely to boast the name of Enable who could reappear at the Knavesmire to add to the filly’s triumphs in 2017 and 2019, with this race taking place over one mile and three furlongs, with the John Gosden runner likely to be odds-on should she take her chances in this encounter.

We will also have the Group 2 Lowther Stakes taking place on Day 2 of the Ebor meeting, with this being a six-furlong dash where the racecards will boast some classy runners who will have run at Goodwood or Ascot in recent weeks.

Friday 21 August

Day Three of the Ebor Festival is another treat for punters who can go through a horse race card in search of more winners. The Nunthorpe Stakes is the biggest heat on the Friday of the Ebor meeting, with this being a five-furlong sprint at the Knavesmire and the latest betting odds suggests that Battaash is likely to take all the beating.

Battash is trading at around even money on the York racecards that we’ve seen and the six-year-old made a seasonal reappearance in the King’s Stand Stakes at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting where the Charles Hills-trained charge was able to fend off rivals such as Equilateral and Liberty Beach.

However, there could be stiff competition in the form of Oxted who was something of a surprise winner when it came to the July Cup and the horse previously won at Newmarket which means he could be building up a head of steam when it comes to this race.

Saturday 22 August

We come to the final day of the Ebor Festival and a last chance to scan through the York racecards and find a few winners including the winner of the Ebor Handicap race where there’s always a wide-open look when it comes to the betting market. This is a race run over a distance of one mile and six furlongs, with a huge purse up for grabs.

There is also the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes which takes place over six furlongs and this is a race for younger horses, with two-year-olds competing to be stars of the future at the Knavesmire.


Racing Highlights

The Ebor Festival is held over four days, running from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive. Here are some of the big races to look out for.

The feature races on each of the four days are obviously huge races and the focus for many a casual punter. The first three of these are high class Group 1 affairs and for many the pick of the lot is the Juddmonte. This is the richest race York holds all season and that attracts the best of the best. The great Frankel won this in 2012, with the brilliant Australia victorious in 2014.

Day Two’s feature is the Yorkshire Oaks and takes place on the Ebor’s Ladies’ Day. This race dates back to 1849 and is frequently the highest rated mares and fillies showdown anywhere. This one unsurprisingly often sees horses who featured in the Epsom Oaks, with Enable (2017) one of a number of horses to do the double.

The fastest and shortest race of the Festival is the highlight of Day Three at York and the Nunthorpe is a five furlong charge for the speedballs. This race is almost 100 years old, having been founded in 1922, and boasts a prize of around £200,000 for the winner. Not bad for less than a minute’s racing!

The final day sees the eponymous Ebor Handicap, which was first run way back in 1843. This can’t match the others for quality but in terms of history and excitement it is hard to beat and is a brilliant way to end the Ebor Festival.

The Course

York is arguably the premier racecourse in the north of England and is owned by York Racecourse Knavesmire. The Knavesmire is the colloquial name for the course and more specifically, since medieval times, the land on which it lies. York is a modern course with excellent facilities and, in terms of overall prize money, the third largest in the UK. It lies to the south west of the city and is easily accessible by rail and then bus or shuttle, whilst fitter visitors can easily walk from the city centre to the track.

York is exclusively used for Flat fixtures, with meetings taking place between May and October. In 2005 it stood in for the Royal Ascot meeting due to Ascot’s renovations and is ideal for galloping horses. There are no real undulations and the turns are wide and gentle, with a straight course for races up to six furlongs. There is no major draw bias and the long run-in means any style of runner can triumph.

The Ebor History

York is a city packed with history and so is the racecourse. It is believed that racing first took place in York more than 2,000 years ago in Roman times under the Emperor Severus. There are records of more modern racing as far back as 1530, whilst racing at the Knavesmire began in 1731.

Within 10 years the Ebor Festival, known then as the August race week, was the highlight of the local social calendar. York built the world’s first ever grandstand in the middle of the 18th century but it wasn’t until 1843 that the Ebor Festival was officially created.

That came with the inaugural running of the Ebor Handicap that year. The race and of course the meeting, take their name from the Roman name for York, Eboracum. The Ebor Handicap was initially called the Great Ebor Handicap and was run over two miles before being shortened by around two furlongs.

There have been many changes to the race, the course and the meeting over the years. However, with the eponymous contest the richest flat handicap on the continent, there is no doubting the quality of the racing at the Ebor.

The Ebor Festival FAQ

Unfortunately, no spectators will be in attendance at this year’s Ebor Festival, although there are alternative ways to catch the action. You can access the free live streaming service available through online bookmaker websites when you log into your account and place a bet on the race that you want to watch. Many of the races are also shown on terrestrial TV depending on where you live.
The Ebor Festival Racecards will give you all the information you need across the four days of racing at this flat race meeting. You can scroll through each race and work out the number of runners lining up. There’s a chance to look at each horse’s weight, age and the recent form which can indicate how a horse is likely to perform. Naturally, you can also see the latest racing odds.
The race cards can narrow down the number of horses for each race, with many betting customers going for short-priced selections, although there is sometimes the prospect of a horse at a bigger price winning. It’s a bit like solving a jigsaw puzzle and you have to weigh up each of the horses in the race and decide which one stands the best possible chance of winning along with their respective price.
We recommend that you visit the racecard at Racing-Odds.com where you will find an odds comparison grid for each of the horse races. You can then go through each horse and work out the best bookmaker when it comes to accessing the biggest prices. You can click on the price of the horse that you like and you’ll be taken to the bookmaker website where you will be able to get that price.
A number of bookies will have free bet promotions running throughout the Ebor Festival week. In addition, if you’re a new customer, then you can often qualify for a free horse racing bet when you open an account and make a deposit. Your first bet is settled and you are then credited with a free bet which can be enjoyed on a race of your choice.