Prize money boost at York
York have announced a 9 % increase in prize money for the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival, taking the amount on offer at the four-day showpiece meeting to £3.2million.
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A total of £270,000 has been added across the meeting with the feature Group One Juddmonte International increased by £25,000 to £750,000.
The Betfred Ebor will continue to be the richest flat handicap in Europe by the addition of £25,000 to the prize pot making it worth £250,000.
York have also announced some alterations to the twenty-five race programme, the most significant of which will see a pair of famous Group Two races swap places.
The Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup, the richest staying Group Two of the QIPCO British Champions Series, will move to Friday 23 August in a switch with the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes which will now to be run on Ebor Day, Saturday 24 August.
Both contests will have more prize money, a £10,000 injection going towards the leading staying race of the week set to offer £150,000, whilst the juvenile sprint will receive the biggest boost of any single race increasing its prize fund to £200,000 (up by a third or £50,000).
This makes the Gimcrack by far the richest Group Two for juveniles.
Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course, William Derby, said: "We are delighted to be investing in a record prize fund for our flagship Festival. This year we are switching our two famous Group 2 contests to help balance the race programme - the two mile Weatherbys Lonsdale Cup joins our Group 1 sprint the Coolmore Nunthorpe on the Friday card while the six furlong Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack joins the 1 mile six furlong Betfred Ebor and Melrose on the Saturday."