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York Ebor Festival 2019: Enable Wears the Crown on Ladies Day

ENABLE stole the show once again, extending her winning streak to 12. The ‘super’ mare has 10 Group 1 Races under her saddle now.

On the Knavesmire yesterday it was #EnableDay and race enthusiasts were perhaps both joyous at the fact of being able to see her in action and low in spirits knowing that this is likely to be her last ever race on British soil. She dazzled yesterday at the York Ebor Festival, winning the 10th Group 1 Race of her career to remain the unbeaten ‘super’ mare. The odds were already in her favour and her victory may not have come as a shock to most but she is still a delight to watch, with her strong form and utter power. Frankie Dettori couldn’t praise the mare enough, claiming that he’ll “never have a horse like her in my [his] life.”

Magical did start slightly out in front in the Yorkshire Oaks Stakes and set pace amongst the small group but when Dettori asked Enable to move, the mare wasted no time to do so, all whilst making it look easy. With only three opponents, some might ask: Was there ever any competition?

On the straight, Ryan Moore’s Magical galloped fiercely to comeback and draw alongside Enable but just couldn’t match her speed and Enable soon cleared away from the pair by almost three lengths to reign victorious once more. The Khalid Abdullah owned mare heads onto the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next, where she will run her final race and hope to win her third successive title at the renowned French race. She’ll be up against some tough competition this year but there’s no telling what this horse is capable of! Enable really is a horse of a lifetime and it goes without saying that no matter where she places, her legacy will continue on for years.

Also taking centre stage on Ladies Day was of course, the fashion and glam. Ladies – and gents – stepped out and showed out in their best attire, donning bold colours, striking prints and larger-than-life fascinators. Spectators were taking advantage of the warm weather and whilst the Ebor Festival has no formal dress code, racegoers were encouraged to take inspiration from ‘wedding attire’ and elegance was everywhere to be seen. This year short dresses and skirts seemed to be the favourite amongst the ladies. What do you think the staple piece for next year will be?

But as expected on Ladies Day, the excitement didn’t cease there as there was as much action on the racetrack as there was off the racetrack.

The opening race on Ladies Day, the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes, saw Living In The Past break away from rivals Liberty Beach and Good Vibes. Living In The Past set pace early within the race to distance herself from the group and though bookies favourite, Liberty Beach made late gains, it seemed her efforts were left a little too late as the filly achieved a second place finish.

Ryan Moore’s, Mum’s Tipple left the Knavesmire in awe with his stupendous performance. The 7-2 favourite practically ran his own race, winning the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes by a phenomenal 11 lengths. There was no other horse in close range!

Moore was handed a penalty because of this, with the stewards stating that he wrongly used his whip as he was “clearly winning” in the final furlong. Though perhaps in the moment, with adrenaline coursing, he could only see the finish line. Nevertheless, that two-day suspension shouldn’t dishearten the jockey too much after that jaw-dropping performance. We look forward to seeing how far Mum’s Tipple will go in the future, perhaps a mile-long course is on the cards?

In the 3pm, Clipper Logistic Handicap, it was a hold your horses’ moment when What’s The Story took the prize pot by a nose against 10-1 rival, Vale of Kent. Kynren, the 7-2 favourite chased the leaders from over one furlong out and kept the same pace in the final furlongs, to place third.

After the spectacular race, in which Enable won her 10th Group One title, it was the luck of the Irish as 3-1 favourite, Search for a Song galloped to victory in the Galtres Stakes. At one point, it was looking like a tight tussle between Search for a Song, Vivionn and Spirit of Appin but Search for a Song was finely tuned and sprinted past the opposition to give Dermot Weld his second win. The filly was victorious by a length and three-quarters from second-place finisher Vivionn, in what was only her fourth career start.

In the final race of the day, the Class 2, British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap, 66-1 Excellent Times may have upset some of the punters, with his first-place finish. The favourite, Salayel at 3-1 came a disheartening fourth place. He did try to keep on in the final furlongs but Excellent Times, Agincourt and Chalet were just that little bit stronger.

Today, the sun shines brightly once again on the Knavesmire for day three of the festival. You can expect York’s Ebor Nunthorpe Day to be as thrilling as the first two at York, with the sprinters looking to have all eyes on them this afternoon. The mighty Stradivarius will be making his return to York Racecourse in the Lonsdale Cup and for the punters he could mean big pound signs.

In the Group One, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, Ten Sovereigns is looking like the hot favourite but as you racegoers will know, this race is highly unpredictable. Battaash is looking like serious competition for Ten Sovereigns and there are even debates about Mabs Cross being victorious. She had better form in the Nunthorpe Stakes this time last year, losing by just a nose. She’s had Group One victory since then and Gerald Mosse will be looking to finish first this year after just missing out last year. Either way, this sprint is sure to be exhilarating! Who do you think will take first place?

York Ebor Festival 2019: Off to a Galloping Start!

Japan edges past the people’s favourite, Crystal Ocean and Frankie Dettori’s Logician, makes an epic win on the Voltigeur.

The York Ebor Festival got off to a galloping start yesterday! As British Summer draws to a close this iconic four-day event is one of the last in summer sporting calendar and still a firm favourite, attracting thousands far and wide! As expected, its opening day, the Juddmonte International did not disappoint.

In the Sky Bet & Symphony Group Stakes, bookie favourite Dakota Gold completed the hat-trick by winning the opening race at the York Ebor. There were fears he may not have been able to outlast the 5.5 furlongs but he’s headstrong and tough this horse, who went on to win by a clear stretch!

Valdermoro took the punters by surprise in the Acomb Stakes at York. At 9-2 in the odds, he was expected to perform worse than Ryan Moore’s Harpocrates and it was looking that way too until the final furlong. Hamilton’s Valdermoro made up ground and chased clear of the leader who was over one furlong out – it was magic to witness! This horse will definitely be going a step further soon, with trainer Richard Fahey mentioning that “one day, he’ll be a proper horse.”

We saw something very special in the Group 2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes. Frankie Dettori’s Logician, at 10-11 blew us all out the stands when he beat Ryan Moore’s 5-2, Constantinople and extended his unbeaten record to four. Logician looked comfortable behind Norway, alongside Constantinople and Nayef road but when Dettori asked him to perform, my did that horse perform. Logician set pace and galloped fiercely away from the group to beat Constantinople by over a length and Norway, an immense seven lengths! He’s become the St. Leger’s favourite, which comes at no surprise, this colt has good form.

At 3.35pm, the long awaited and highly anticipated Juddmonte International Stakes commenced. With a £1million prize pot, the prestigious Group One race is definitely the highlight of the day. Crystal Ocean was the people’s favourite though Japan and Frankie Dettori’s, King of Comedy were also prizeworthy contenders. Crystal Ocean, alongside Circus Maximus started out ahead, though Circus Maximus struggled to keep up with the 5-year-old bay horse. It was looking good for Crystal Ocean but in his final dying strides, Japan put his head down and won by a head, sending the packed Knavesmire stands in a frenzy! The bookies are now forecasting Japan to be the main threat to Enable in Longchamp’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

In the Sky Bet Handicap, James Doyle’s Eddystone Rock, powerfully edged away from the group to lead in the final strides and finished first. To close a fantastic first day, 20-1 Owney Madden outshone favourites Pop Dancer and Monoski to take first place.

Today at Ebor Festival it’s Ladies Day! A day that combines high-fashion and racing excitement, expect to see head-turning garments. Who do you think will be crowned best dressed this year?

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Four Reasons to get Excited about York Ebor Festival

York Ebor festival is one of the oldest and richest festivals within the horse racing calendar. From Wednesday 21st August, racegoers from all across the country will flock to York Racecourse to experience four fabulous days of thrilling horse racing. Here are four reasons why, if you haven’t already, should start getting excited about this fantastic festival!

Fashion, darling!

First established in 1843, the Ebor festival is, without a doubt, renowned for its fashion and prestige. Throughout the festival, racegoers take the opportunity to dress up to the nines, ensuring that they feel as luxurious as their surroundings. Day two of the festival is Ladies Day, which is not only the social highlight but also one of the most prominent events within the entire horse racing season. With Ebor being synonymous with elegance and style, this is the day where the ladies vamp it up in a bid to win the much-coveted best dressed prize.  This year, Slingsby gin will be the headline sponsor for Ebor Fashion Lawn, which will be taking place throughout the festival. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the racegoers’ love of style. There are six prizes available, which include; best dressed lady, best dressed gentleman, best dressed couple, runner up best dressed lady and gentleman, best hat and best dressed child. Why not sign up and strut your stuff for your chance to win anything from a £250 luxury hamper to a ‘distil your own’ gin experience!

Frankie Dettori and Enable

Racegoers will be delighted to learn that superstar Enable will be back with Frankie Dettori for Darley Yorkshire Oaks. The race is set to be a challenge as rival Magical has also been confirmed to run. Detorri won the race with Enable back in 2017 but will she be able to persevere and come out on top this year? Dettori declared the thoroughbred ‘the queen of racing’ after a victorious run in the Eclipse Stakes. Clearly full of admiration for the mare, Dettori went on to reveal that he never stops getting excited when he rides Enable and how much he ‘really loves her.’ To witness the iconic duo competing at the Ebor festival, will truly be a captivating experience.

Fabulous food and drink

Fancy arriving to Ebor and being greeted with a champagne reception? There are a number of amazing hospitality packages and food and drink options to enjoy at York Racecourse. From a box in the Knavesmire Stand to the Dante Suite to simply fluttering throughout the bars and restaurants scattered about the racecourse, there really is something for everyone. Dwell in grade II listed buildings with modern interiors, sip on some Moet and indulge in some delectable food whilst revelling in the racing action.

Fantastic atmosphere

Above all, a day at Ebor is guaranteed to provide you with constant enjoyment. This is a chance to get dressed up and witness some of the finest horse racing in the country in a lively yet elegant social environment. If you’ve never considered attending this exhilarating festival, it’s not too late to get involved! Head on over to our hospitality page for further details on last minute availability and give you and your guests a day to remember!

York Ebor Festival: A Beginner’s Guide to York Races

York Ebor Festival: 2019 Guide

The York Ebor Festival is a horse racing meeting held over four days at York Racecourse. It takes place in late August each year. The prestigious meeting was first established in 1843 which saw the first running of the Ebor Handicap race. Find out more about the meeting below with our handy guide!

When is the York Ebor Festival?

The Ebor Festival usually takes place in late August. This year, it will be held from Wednesday 21st august until Saturday 24th August 2019.

When does the York Ebor Festival start?

The gates at York racecourse open at 11am for a Welcome to the Yorkshire Ebor Festival. Following this, the first race commences between 1:30pm or 2pm.

What do I wear to the York Ebor Festival?

Guests at the York Ebor Festival dress exquisitely, as though attending a fine formal occasion. Within the County Stand there is a dress code to adhere to. Men are encouraged to way a shirt with a collar paired with a jacket and a tie. Short sleeves, bow ties and shorts are acceptable for men. Ladies ususally opt for formal dresses paired with heels and a hat or fascinator.

Outside of the County Stand Enclosure, there is no formal dress code however most racegoers do enjoy dressing in formal attire. Guests should aim for comfort just as much as style, allowing for a greater raceday experience.

Guide to the four days

As one of the final key race meetings of the flat racing season, the York Ebor Festival is a special event itself! Without a doubt, the event features the oldest, richest, most famous races within the UK. Gathering horse racing fans from all over the globe, enjoying four days of thrilling horse racing action. Find out more about each individual day below.

Juddmonte International Day – Wednesday 21 August 2019

The phenomenal opening day boasts the Group One race Juddmonte International. This is the richest race held at York Racecourse and was rated number one of all thoroughbred horse races during 2012-2014. Indeed the race was one by one of the greatest – Frankel.

Ladies’ Day – Thursday 22 August 2019

Ladies’ Day at York racecourse is without a doubt the social highlight of the festival. All are dressed to impress with prizes even being allocated on the Ebor Fashion Lawn!

What’s more, the racing on Ladies’ Day is of the finest standard. With the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks race taking centre stage. In 2017 this was won by the highly acclaimed horse Enable.

Coolmore Nunthorpe Day – Friday 23 August 2019

Racing continues at York well into the weekend with Nunthorpe Day taking place on the Friday. The stand out race on this day is another Group One race, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes which is one of the fastest races in the entire world! Get set to witness some of the most thrilling horse racing action.

Sky Bet Ebor Day – Saturday 24 August 2019

The grand finale of the York Ebor Festival takes place on Saturday. The oldest and most well known race – the Ebor – takes place on this day. Since it was first run in 1840, the race continues to make history each year and is one surely not to be missed.

 

You can enjoy both the York Ebor Festival and the York Dante Festival with our luxurious York Hospitality Packages in 2020. Secure your VIP place today and enjoy an extraordinary race day at York!