Ebor Festival Guide: Race schedule, times, free betting tips, television coverage and video form

All you need to know ahead of the Ebor Festival
All you need to know ahead of the Ebor Festival

Check out our schedule and guide to the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York, which runs from August 22 to August 25.

The ever-popular Ebor Festival is fast approaching once more and it promises to be a fantastic occasion in the White Rose County.

York comes to a standstill at the end of August for four glorious days of action on the Knavesmire, featuring three Group One races and Saturday's main event - the newly-named Sky Bet Ebor, which has received a significant boost in prize-money.

The meeting gets off to a flying start with the top-class Juddmonte International Stakes one of the principal middle-distances races in Europe.

Won by former superstars such as Giant's Causeway, Authorized and Sea The Stars, the race also featured in Frankel's stunning 14-race unbeaten career record, the son of Galileo storming home in 2012 with a seven-length victory over Farhh.

This year's edition provides an intriguing battle of the ages, with Dante Stakes and Coral-Eclipse winner Roaring Lion taking on the older Poet's Word, who has landed the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on his two most recent starts.

Locally-trained mare Laurens is among the leading contenders for Thursday's Darley Yorkshire Oaks where she'll meet Irish Oaks winner Sea Of Class and the Ballydoyle select, while 24 hours later brilliant Goodwood winner Battaash remains on course to set the record straight following his surprise defeat in last year's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

The £500,000 Sky Bet Ebor - to be worth £1million from 2019 - is one of the premier staying handicaps in the world and will attract a maximum 20-runner field on Saturday.

Here we've got the full schedule to the races, plus a one-stop-shop for all our Ebor Festival videos and tipping content.

Tales Of The Tracks: York

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Tips and features

Ben Linfoot's Value Bet - Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on day one of York’s Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival as the Juddmonte International takes centre stage.

Oli Bell's Yankee - Check out Oli's selections ahead of Wednesday's action at York.

Simon Holt's best bets - SImon Holt makes Wells Farhh Go one of his bets at York on Wednesday. Check out his full preview.

Catching Pigeons: Ebor Festival - Get the latest gossip and whispers straight from the gallops ahead of the feature action on the Knavesmire.

Alex Hammond: Lion to tame Poet's - Alex Hammond guides us through Ebor Festival week including a two-year-old not to be missed, two fancies in Saturday's big race and the Juddmonte International 1-2-3.

Mike Cattermole: Day one tips - The Pentagon is given a chance to shine in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur on day one of the Ebor Festival.

Ed Chamberlin column - The ITV Racing anchor with five things to look out for at a mouthwatering meeting.

Ebor Festival Trends - Check out the key trends ahead of York's opening Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap on Wednesday.

David Ord: Dreaming the same dream - David Ord visits two very different trainers who are chasing the same dream at York this week.

Antepost Angle - Matt Brocklebank bids to unearth the value on offer in the antepost markets, including a 25/1 shot in the Ebor itself.

Sporting Life: Daily Nap - Find out who we're backing as our Nap selection throughout the week at York.

More to follow here so bookmark this page for easy access to some of the most popular tipsters and columnists including Ben Linfoot's Value Bet, Simon Holt selections, Alex Hammond's blog and tips from commentator Mike Cattermole.


Full schedule

(Gates open at 11.00 on each day)

Wednesday August 22 - Juddmonte International Day

1.55 Sky Bet & Symphony Group Stakes - Handicap (0-105) - Class 2

2.25 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes - Group 3

3.00 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes - Group 2

3.35 Juddmonte International Stakes - (British Champion Series Race) - Group 1

4.15 Sky Bet Stakes - Handicap (0-105) - Class 2

4.50 Sky Bet Stakes - Nursery Handicap - Class 2


Thursday August 23 - Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day

1.55 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes - Group 2

2.25 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes - Class 2

3.00 Clipper Logistic Stakes - Handicap - Class 2

3.35 Darley Yorkshire Oaks - (British Champions Series Race) - Group 1

4.15 British EBF and Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes - Listed

4.50 British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Stakes - Handicap (0-105) - Class 2


Friday August 24 - Coolmore Nunthorpe Day

1.55 Sky Bet Stakes - Handicap (0-105) - Class 2

2.25 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup - (Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers' Bonus Race) - Group 2

3.00 Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes - Group 2

3.35 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes - (British Champions Series Race) - Group 1

4.15 British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) - Class 2

4.50 Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes - Handicap (0-105) - Class 2


Saturday August 25 - Sky Bet Ebor Day

1.50 Sky Bet & Symphony Group Strensall Stakes - Group 3

2.25 Sky Bet Melrose Stakes - Handicap (0-105) - Class 2 Open

3.00 Sky Bet City of York - Group 3

3.40 Sky Bet Ebor - Heritage Handicap - Class 2

4.15 Julia Graves Roses Stakes - Listed

4.50 Sky Bet Stakes - Handicap (0-105) - Class 2

5.20 Sky Bet Apprentice Stakes - Handicap (0-105) - Class 2

2012 Juddmonte International Stakes - Frankel

Sky Bet Ebor Festival preview evening

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Tickets are selling fast ahead of the Ebor Festival preview evening with Sky Bet. Join us to hear the panel look forward to the big meeting on the Knavesmire.

Top trainers Richard Fahey and David O’Meara are on a panel that is hosted by ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin.

Racing UK form analyst Mark Howard and Sporting Life’s David Ord are on hand while a leading jockey
(to be confirmed) will also be there to go through their rides for the week.

Sky Bet Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners will provide the odds and exclusive on-night Price Boosts while Oli Bell will be the roving reporter and interviewing other guests as well as taking questions from the audience.

Doors open at 6.30pm with a 7.30pm start.

Tickets cost £12 and include a light buffet supper and a free £5 bet courtesy of Sky Bet. A cash bar will be available.

Click here to buy your tickets


Ebor Festival videos

William Haggas on leading Yorkshire Oaks hope Sea Of Class...

William Haggas - Sea Of Class

Marco Botti looks ahead to running Crowned Eagle and Dylan Mouth in the Sky Bet Ebor...

Marco Botti - Crowned Eagle

Marco Botti - Dylan Mouth

Willie Mullins looks ahead to the meeting including Sky Bet Ebor favourite Stratum...

Willie Mullins on York plans

Irish trainer Jarlath Fahey looks ahead to running Sea The Lion in the big handicap...

Jarlath Fahey on Sky Bet Ebor contender Sea The Lion

Record-breaking trainer Mark Johnston on the boost to the Ebor prize-money...

Mark Johnston on the 2018 Sky Bet Ebor

Charlie Johnston on the team's Sky Bet Ebor hopes...

Charlie Johnston on Sky Bet Ebor contenders

Charlie Johnston looks ahead to the Convivial Maiden at York...

Charlie Johnston on York's Convivial Maiden


Television coverage

The Ebor Festival is live on terrestrial TV, with the first four races on each day of the meeting shown on ITV1.

The entire Festival is also available on Racing UK, Sky channel 426.


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