What You Need to Know
- The Lowther Stakes is a Group 2 flat race held as part of the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse on Thursday the 20th of August 2015.
- The modern race dates back to just 1946, though it already boasts a rich history, with several famous horses and jockeys having competed
- Lestor Piggott, Kieren Fallon and Frankie Dettori are among the famous jockeys who have ridden winners in the Lowther Stakes
- Competitors race along a course precisely six furlongs in length, with the race one of the fastest of the whole season
- Getting to York Racecourse to see the action for yourself if very easy. You can either drive there or take the train, with the course easily-reached from York railway station
- Betting on the action is also very easy. For the best odds and for some great introductory offers, sign up for an online sports betting account
- Many of the horses that do well in the Lowther Stakes go on to compete in the Cheveley Park Stakes, so consider this when making a bet
A Quick Overview
The Lowther Stakes is a popular Group 2 flat race taking place at the York Racecourse each August.
While it may not be the most famous flat race of the season, it's a highlight of the annual Ebor Festival and draws large crowds. What's more, the size of the prize on offer means every year top trainers and jockeys always compete, with the high standard of competition also ensuring it's a popular event with sports betting fans.
History of the Lowther Stakes
Strictly speaking, the origins of the race can be traced right the way back to the 1890s, when a different event also called the Lowther Stakes was contested at Newmarket.
However, the race in its present incarnation dates back to just 1946. It was named in honour of the Hugh Lowther, the Earl of Lonsdale, with a distance of six furlongs precisely (or 1,207) fixed from the start.
The Race Today
Today, the Lowether Stakes is the highlight of the second day of the popular Ebor Festival meeting. Sticking with the race's traditions, it's open to fillies aged two years and above, with competitors racing along a straight turf track six furlongs in length for a share of a prize pot totalling around £150,000.
The big race draws large crowds to York, not least due to the fact it attracts some big names. Lestor Piggott, Kieren Fallon and Frankie Dettori have all ridden winners here. This means it's also massively popular with sports betting fans, with both high street and online bookmakers offering a great selection of betting markets in the run-up to the big event.
The 2015 Lowther Stakes: All the Runners and the Latest Odds
Historically, the Lowther Stakes features some of the brightest young female horses in Europe, and the 2015 race looks set to be no exception.
In all, a full field of 45 horses have been entered into the Group 2 race, though many of these will be withdrawn by their trainers in the build-up to Ladies Day at York. Unlike many other races, picking a winner is quite tricky here, largely because, at just two years of age, few of the runners have much form to judge.
Nevertheless, the big favourites for the 2015 Lowther Stakes are likely to be Easton Angel and Lumiere. Despite enduring a tough time of it at Newmarket, Michael Dods' Easton Angel finished in second place in the most recent Queen Mary Stakes and could go one better this time around.
Lumiere, meanwhile, will travel to York as her team get her ready for next year's 1000 Guineas. The horse, who is trained by Mark Johnston, is the daughter of champion Shamardal, has already proven herself over six furlongs, so expect her to be among the frontrunners in the Lowther Stakes.
Other runners to look out for this season include Lady Macapa, a horse trained by William Knight who has already picked up notable victories at Newmarket, and Tiggy Wiggy, who has been tipped as the favourite by some bookies.
If you fancy a flutter on an outsider, check to see if Sulaalaat or Patience Alexander end up running, as they are both fillies with potential.
Getting to the Race
If you fancy seeing all the action of the Lowther Stakes 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 Lowther Stakes
Like with many Group 2 flat races, the Lowther Stakes is fast and furious and perfect for having a flutter on. Should you visit the York Racecourse during a big race meeting, including of course the Ebor Festival, you will be able to place a bet with one of the many trackside bookies.
Alternatively, if you can't get to the races in person, you should forget the high street bookmaker and go online instead. By signing up to one of the best online sports betting companies you'll be able to benefit from the widest range of betting markets as well as the most-favourable odds. Some online betting firms such as Bet365.com also have some fantastic introductory offers such as cashback on new accounts.
Facts and Records
The Lowther Stakes may be relatively new, but it nevertheless has a colourful history. Plenty of big-name jockeys have ridden fillies to victory at York, and lots of horses have made names for themselves through the race. Here are just a few facts about the Lowther Stakes:
- The Lowther Stakes has been held at the famous York Racecourse every year since 1946, with the exception of the 2008 race, which took place at Newmarket.
- Four jockeys share the record for most wins in the race: Harry Carr, Ron Hutchinson, Lestor Piggott and, most recently, Richard Hughes all have four victories to their name.
- Many of the horses that do well in the Lowther Stakes go on to compete in the Cheveley Park Stakes.
- To stand the best chance of beating the bookie, you need to know what you're doing. Check out this guide to the basics of betting on a horse before you put any money down
- Read more about this popular race on the official York Racecourse website
- Two of the other big races at the Ebor Festival are the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Betfred Ebor Handicap.