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Ebor Festival - 20th August to 23rd August, 2014

Two Classic stars will head to York for the four-day Ebor Festival and it will be Dual-Derby hero Australia that will get to strut his stuff first and he will be sent off a red-hot favourite for the Juddmonte International Stakes, where he will lock horns with Hardwicke Stakes winner Telescope and Coral-Eclipse victor Mukhadram.

John Gosden's Taghrooda built on a fine win in the Investec Oaks at Epsom by landing the King George at Ascot and she will return to her own sex on Thursday and will be sent off at prohibitive odds for the Yorkshire Oaks, as she aims to maintain her unblemished record.

Throughout the four days there's a plethora of Group races and the Great Voltigeur Stakes and Lowther Stakes will be two of the highlights on the undercard, whilst the dominant race on Friday will see the elite sprinters do battle in the Nunthorpe Stakes.

One of the premier betting heats of the year will conclude the meeting on Saturday and Sir Mark Prescott's Pallasator is already a popular horse amongst punters for the Betfred Ebor Handicap, but an army of classy staying handicappers will take their chance in what should be a thrilling contest.

Ebor Festival History

The Ebor Festival is a four-day race meeting run every August at York racecourse, where some of the top flat stars turn out for victory on the Knavesmire.

Established in 1843 the Ebor Festival is the Blue Riband event of Yorkshire racing and it has grown in stature since its inauguration.  The four days are packed with high class thoroughbred racing with the top trainers and jockeys vying for glory in the top races throughout the meeting.

The highlight for many over the four days is the Ebor handicap, which is the richest handicap flat race in Europe.  Always a difficult race to decipher, the one-mile six furlong race attracts huge fields every year and it can always serve up some suprise results with eight of the last ten winners returned at double-figured odds.  Mudawin re-wrote record books when winning at 100/1 in 2006 for trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam.

From a punting perspective the Ebor handicap may be the highlight for many punters but throughout the four days there are some top class contests taking place.

On the opening day the Juddmonte International Stakes takes centre stage, as some of the top middle distance horses go to post for the Group One contest.  Since its first running in 1972 the Juddmonte International Stakes has attracted strong fields and in recent times the roll of honour has a really eye-catching look to it.

Sea The Stars, one of the greatest horses in living memory, won this event in 2009, whilst other classy winners include Derby winner Authorized and Ballydoyle's Giant's Causeway.

Throughout the four days there are a number of top quality races with the likes of the Great Voltigeur handing out clues for the St Leger and the Yorkshire Oaks, which will attract the top class fillies and mares.  The Nunthorpe Stakes attracts the best sprinters around and adds to a terrific four-day extravaganza.

Recent winners of Ebor Handicap

  • 2000 - Give The Slip
  • 2001 - Mediterranean
  • 2002 - Hugs Dancer
  • 2003 - Saint Alebe
  • 2004 - Mephisto
  • 2005 - Sergeant Cecil
  • 2006 - Mudawin
  • 2007 - Purple Moon
  • 2008 - All The Good
  • 2009 - Sesenta
  • 2010 - Dirar
  • 2011 - Moyenne Corniche
  • 2012 - Willing Foe

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