Betfred Ebor Handicap
What You Need to Know
- The Ebor Handicap is a highlight of the annual Ebor Festival, held at York racecourse on Saturday the 22nd of August 2015.
- The race dates back to 1843, making it one of the oldest big events on the UK racing calendar
- The race is open to horses aged three years upwards and juveniles often perform very well
- Thanks to the large prize pot on offer, the Ebor Handicap attracts many of the best horses, trainers and jockeys and the high level of competition makes it a perfect race for betting on
- If you do fancy a flutter and can't make it to the track, get online and open a sports betting account. This way you can get all the best odds as well as some great introductory offers
- Don't rule out the underdogs; upsets are not unheard of and the 2006 race was won by a 100/1 shot
- Getting to the York Racecourse could not be easier. The famous racecourse is just off the main A64 road and is also easily reached from York railway station
A Quick Overview
A late summer racing highlight, the Ebor Handicap is widely-regarded as one of the toughest flat handicap races in the whole of the UK.
The race takes place at the famous York Racecourse each August and attracts some of the best young horses in the UK and Ireland. The even is also very popular with sports betting fans and is ideal for having a flutter regardless of whether you're an experienced gambler or complete novice.
History of the Ebor Handicap
The race can be traced back to 1843, when it was established as the Great Ebor Handicap (Ebor being short for Eboracum, the Roman name for York). Originally, the race was contested over two miles, though the distance was later cut by two furlongs, to the current length of one mile and six furlongs (or 2,816 metres).
Over the years, the race has grown in stature and is not one of the highlights of the flat racing season and widely-acknowledged as being among the toughest tests for 'stayers', or horses that specialise in racing over long distances.
The Race Today
These days, the race is both one of the most prestigious events on the flat racing calendar and big business, especially for bookies.
In keeping with tradition, the Ebor Handicap is held at the York Racecourse at the end of August each year and is open to horses aged three years or older. Thanks to the size of the prize pot on offer (in excess of £260,000), the race attracts most of Europe's leading trainers, horses and jockeys and makes for exciting viewing. This also means it's a massive hit with sports betting fans as bookies offer a great selection of odds in the run-up to the big event.
Getting to the Race
If you fancy seeing the action for yourself rather than watching the race on the TV or online, then the good news is that York Racecourse is very easy to reach.
- By car, you need to follow the A64 towards York. Once this becomes the main Tadcaster Road, you will see signs for the Racecourse. Simply follow these and take the appropriate turning from the A-road and you will come straight to the course. During race meetings, there are always plenty of car parking spaces available.
- If you're travelling by public transport, then you should take the train to York, which is served by regular trains from Leeds, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London and many other places.
For more information on getting to the York Racecourse to see the action for yourself, visit the official website, where you will also find maps of the venue and details of other race meets and events.
Betting on the Ebor Handicap
The Ebor Handicap is perfect for betting as it attracts the best racing talent, with upsets quite frequent. In fact, over the past few years, horses with odds of 20/1, 25/1 and, in the case of 2006, 100/1, have raced to victory.
If you're really serious about trying to win money betting on the outcome of the race, you should go online and open an online sports betting account. Not only will this give you access to the biggest selection of betting markets, it will also let you take advantage of the best odds and you may even benefit from some great introductory offers such as cashback on your first deposit.
Facts and Records
- The 2006 winner Mudawin was a 100/1 long shot before the race started. This makes him the biggest surprise winner in the history of the Ebor Handicap.
- Lester Piggott is the most successful jockey in the history of the race. The racing legend won it five times, first in 1958 and finally a remarkable 25 years later in 1983.
- No horse has won the Ebor Handicap three times. In fact, just one horse, Flint Jack, has won it more than once, first in 1922 and 1923, highlighting just how difficult it is.
- The Ebor Handicap is now the most valuable flat handicap race in the whole of Europe.
- Nothing beats watching the action in person. Visit the official York Racecourse site and plan your big day at the races
- Some of the other major races at the Ebor Festival include the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes and the Lowther Stakes.
- Before you put any money down on a bet, be sure you know what you're doing. Why not have a look at this great introduction to betting on horses before you get started?