Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival Guide: Tips, videos, dress code, Sky Bet odds and schedule to the York races

Everything you need ahead of the Ebor Festival at York

Our in-depth guide has everything you need ahead of the Ebor Festival at York, including race times, odds, tips and video previews.

What is the Ebor Festival?

The York Racecourse website bills Ebor week as 'sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days' and it's hard to disagree with the strap-line for what is now one of the most significant weeks of the summer programme.

The Juddmonte International Stakes on the opening Wednesday afternoon - won by what is widely regarded as the world's greatest thoroughbred Frankel in 2012 - is the standout Group One race of the week and one of the most prestigious middle-distance races in Europe.

The Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes are the highlights on Thursday and Friday respectively, but the race that gives the Festival its name has grown in stature in recent seasons and the whole week now builds towards the Sky Bet Ebor itself on Saturday.

The mile and three-quarter handicap is one of the most competitive races of the year and in 2019 will be worth a total prize fund of £1million for the first time.

Since 1840, York's oldest and most famous race has generated much excitement and many tales down the years and promises to be a thrilling spectacle once again this time.

When is the Ebor Festival?

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2019 runs for four days from Wednesday August 21 to Saturday August 24.

It is the final major Flat meeting of the British summer schedule, following on from Royal Ascot in June and the Qatar Goodwood Festival at the end of July.


Who are the star names in action at the Ebor Festival?

Champion Irish jumps trainer Willie Mullins will throw as many darts at the Sky Bet Ebor as he can and True Self, Max Dyamite and Thomas Hobson rate a fascinating trio for the Closutton maestro.

But even in the absence of First Eleven, Britain's leading handler John Gosden arguably holds the strongest hand of all with Royal Line, last year’s runner-up Weekender and Ben Vrackie all looking live contenders for the Ebor.

Gosden is bringing Enable to the meeting for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and could ensure it’s no lap of honour for the middle-distance superstar by pitching stablemate and Investec Oaks heroine Anapurna in against her.

King Of Comedy is the Gosden representative in the Juddmonte International and the rising star faces an acid test in against Crystal Ocean, who made Enable pull out all the stops in a QIPCO King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes of the ages at Ascot.

Then there’s Cheval Grand, a Japan Cup winner who failed to fire with juice underfoot at Ascot. He could be a different proposition at York and Deirdre has offered a timely reminder that a star performer in the Far East is perfectly capable of shaking up the best we have to offer.

Aidan O’Brien has yet to confirm the final Ballydoyle line-up for the ten furlong showpiece but St James’s Palace Stakes winner and Qatar Susex Stakes runner-up Circus Maximus plus QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia are both thought to be in the frame.

He often runs his leading William Hill St Leger candidate in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur and it would be interesting to see Broome roll up here – and fascinating should Sir Dragonet get the green light.

Ten Sovereigns is out to prove he has the speed for five furlongs in the Coolmore Nunthorpe – a race in which Battaash has a question of his own to answer.

Click here to read more as David Ord sets the scene ahead of the meeting.

David Or's Viewpoint


Ebor Festival Tips & Previews

Our packed racing news index will have all the latest news and views...

Oli Bell's Best Bets - ITV Racing's Oli Bell is backing Joseph O'Brien to send out a winner at York on Wednesday - he has five day one selections as the Ebor Festival gets under way.

Oli Bell looks ahead to the action on the Knavesmire

Fran Berry Blog - Gunmetal is a sprinter to follow on day one of the Ebor Festival, according to former jockey Fran Berry.

Gunmetal is a grey sprinter to follow

Mike Cattermole Daily Preview - Top commentator Mike Cattermole reckons Logician can tee up a shot at the St Leger with victory in York's Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes.

Logician can stamp his class on the Voltigeur

Alex Hammond Blog - King Of Comedy is fancied to down Crystal Ocean at York - check out Alex Hammond's latest blog including Ebor Festival tips.

Prince Of Arran looks over-priced, according to Alex

Ben Linfoot's Ebor Festival Talking Points - Ben Linfoot ponders a way to get Enable beaten, talks Juddmonte International tactics and unearths a bet for the Melrose when looking at the trainers to follow in York handicaps.

Enable is one of the star attractions at York this week

Sky Bet Ebor Profiles - Ben Linfoot and David Ord profile the likely runners for the £1million Sky Bet Ebor at York on Saturday.

Weekender in action

Matt Brocklebank's Antepost Angle - Our long-range expert fancies Raheen House to claim Ebor glory for William Haggas.

Raheen House (right) is fancied to land the Sky Bet Ebor


Ebor Festival Videos

Bookmark this page for all the latest videos ahead of the big meeting at York, including interviews with Willie Mullins, Dermot Weld, Mark Johnston and Roger Charlton, trainer of Withhold.

Roger Charlton looks ahead to running Withhold in the Sky Bet Ebor:

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Aidan O'Brien provides the latest plans on his array of starts including Nunthorpe-bound Ten Sovereigns:

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Oli Bell pays Willie Mullins a visit ahead of the Sky Bet Ebor:

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Middleham trainer Mark Johnston runs through his Sky Bet Ebor candidates:

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Former jockey Mick Kinane recalls some great York moments including Sea The Stars:

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Ken Condon looks ahead to running Sky Bet Lowther contender Celtic Beauty:

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Tom Hogan hails the importance of his veteran Gordon Lord Byron:

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Ger Lyons talks all things Mustajeer ahead of the Sky Bet Ebor:

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Dermot Weld on his potential contenders including Dalton Highway:

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Karl Burke on Kelly's Dino and Laurens:

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Sky Bet Ebor weights revealed:

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Sky Bet Ebor weights published:

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Ebor Festival Podcasts

You can check out all our audio, including Podcasts and trainer interviews, on our Soundcloud page right here.

Alternatively, check out the latest Podcasts by clicking on the image below.

Enable returns to action at York


What is the full schedule and race times for the Ebor Festival?

Click on the race titles for the runners and riders, plus live odds from Sky Bet...

Wednesday August 21

  • Gates Open: 11:00
  • First Race: 1:55
  • Last Race: 4:50

1:55 - Sky Bet & Symphony Group Stakes

2:25 - Tattersalls Acomb Stakes

3:00 - Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes

3:35 - Juddmonte International Stakes

4:15 - Sky Bet Stakes

4:50 - Sky Bet Nursery Handicap

Thursday August 22

  • Gates Open: 11:00
  • First Race: 13:55
  • Last Race: 16:50

1:55 - Sky Bet Lowther Stakes

2:25 - Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes

3:00 - Clipper Logistics Stakes

3:35 - Darley Yorkshire Oaks

4:15 - British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes

4:50 - British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Stakes

Friday August 23

  • Gates Open: 11:00
  • First Race: 1:55
  • Last Race: 4:50

1:55 - Sky Bet Stakes

2:25 - Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup

3:00 - Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes

3:35 - Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes

4:15 - British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes

4:50 - Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes

Saturday August 24

  • Gates Open: 11:00
  • First Race: 1:50
  • Last Race: 5:20

1:55 - Sky Bet & Symphony Group Strensall Stakes

2:25 - Sky Bet Melrose Stakes

3:00 - Sky Bet City Of York Stakes

3:40 - Sky Bet Ebor

4:10 - Julia Graves Roses Stakes

4:45 - Sky Bet Stakaes

5:20 - Sky Bet Apprentice Stakes


Sky Bet Odds and Offers

Sky Bet have a wide range of odds already available for the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

The sponsors are offering five places (1/5 odds) on the Sky Bet Ebor itself, with King's Advice, withhold and Raheen House all among the current market leaders for the big race on Saturday August 24.

Enable is long odds-on for the Yorkshire Oaks as she bids to put the finishing touches to her preparation for an historic third Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October, while Crystal Ocean is favourite to take home the Juddmonte International for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

Battaash and Ten Sovereigns will do battle in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, while Stradivarius bids to complete a remarkable run and claim the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers Million Bonus for the second year in succession in the Lonsdale Cup.

Click here for all the latest Ebor odds and 'Festival Fever' offers.


Where can I watch the Ebor Festival on TV?

You can watch the first four races on each day of the Festival live on ITV1, while the entire meeting will be aired live on Racing TV which is a subscription channel, Sky 426.


What is the dress code for York?

While the only formal dress code at York (within the bounds of decency) is that in the County Stand gentlemen are required to wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie, many racegoers like to dress up and step out in style for a day at York.

More details can be found on the 'what to wear' section on the York Racecourse website.


Can I buy tickets for the 2019 Ebor Festival?

Yes, there is still time to purchase tickets which are available in some stands for all four days of the Festival.

Click here to purchase your York tickets.


York Ebor Preview Evening

Tickets are now on sale for the York Ebor Preview Night at the racecourse on Tuesday August 21.

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 will also be there to go through their rides for the week, with Sky Bet's Michael Shinners on hand with all the latest odds.


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