York Racecourse is a horse racing track in the southwest of the city of York in North Yorkshire, England with a spectator capacity of 60,000. The most famous race to be held at York on an annual basis is the Ebor Handicap. York has a fantastic race course with award winning modern grandstands, characterful Listed buildings, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for the best of race-days. See the leading horses and jockeys perform York Racecourse is located just 1.5 miles from the railway station and the city centre.
Set in 150 acres of scenic parkland, it is a hugely popular venue with its award-winning, facilities, first-class catering and beautiful surroundings and with meetings being held through out the summer months drawing in many thousands of daily visitors makes York a very busy place. With so much going on in and around York finding the right accommodition can be difficult because of the amount of choice available and making the right choice could be the difference between a good stay or excellent stay.
The big race of the week is the Ebor Handicap. It the most popular races of the season always attracts a good quality field on the second day of the meeting. There have been some excellent winners of the race in recent years with some great value on offer. The race is run over a testing 1M 6F and with a good gallop usually ensured the ideal type for the race is a stout stayer who has a good turn of foot at the end of the race. The race should actually be called the Eboracum which was the Roman name for York, but over the years the name for the race has been shortened to the more colloquially known name of the “Ebor”.
The Dante Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at York over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 88 yards (2,092 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May. The event was established in 1958, and it is currently a feature race of York’s three-day Dante Festival.
The Dante Stakes is probably the best Derby trial of recent years. Being a Derby trial this race always has a massive impact on the ante post betting for the Epsom Classic.
In terms of statistics over the last few seasons in all races at York the top trainers have been:
· Richard Fahey – 21 wins from 213 races – 10% Strike Rate
· Saeed Bin Suroor – 13 wins from 53 races – 25% Strike Rate
· Tim Easterby – 10 wins from 132 races – 8% Win Rate
· Sir Michael Stoute – 10 wins from 63 races – 16% Win Rate
· David Nicholls – 9 wins from 91 races – 10% Strike Rate