A comprehensive overview of the Ebor Handicap horse race, one of the feature races of the three-day long Ebor Festival which takes place annually at York Racecourse in August.
THE EBOR HANDICAP, sponsored by Totesport, is a Flat handicap for three-year-olds and upwards run over one mile and six furlongs at York racecourse in August. It is the centrepiece of the three-day Ebor festival.
Ebor Handicap History
The Ebor Handicap, which derives its name from Eboracum, the Roman name for York, was first run in 1843 and was the brainchild of former clerk of the course John Orton. The race was initially run over a trip of two miles but was reduced by two furlongs after redevelopments by Orton to improve viewing. The race is the most valuable Flat handicap run in Europe.
York Racecourse – Home of the Ebor Handicap
York is the most popular racecourse in North England and only hosts Flat racing, on a horseshoe-shaped course called the Knavesmire. The largest meeting is the 3 day Ebor festival in August, featuring the Ebor handicap and major Group 1 races such as the Juddmonte International Stakes and the Nunthorpe Stakes.
Horse racing in York dates back to Roman times and records indicate that the origins of modern racing were in 1530, when the city authorities gave support to horse racing. In 1607 racing took place on the frozen River Ouse and the first extensive records of a race meeting are from 1709, held at Clifton Ings. In 1731 racing was moved to the Knavesmire, a mile South of the city centre, where today’s course is still located.
Ebor Handicap Betting
Whilst the race may not have gained much attention as a betting event by itself the fact that it is run as part of the three-day Ebor Festival has changed this significantly. The heavy betting on the big Group races run during the festival spills over into the other races of the festival and horse racing betting odds and specials are naturaly offered by the sponsor Totesport but also by all other major UK bookmakers and by selected international sportsbooks.
Ebor Handicap Facts
The longest-priced winner of the race was 100-1 shot Mudawin, who scored in 2006 for trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, jockey John Egan and owners the Franconson Partners.
Flint Jack, who won the Ebor in 1922 and 1923, is the only horse to have been successful in the race more than once.
The Ebor was run at Pontefract racecourse in 1943 and 1944 after it had been cancelled from 1940 to 1942 following the outbreak of the Second World War. The race was suspended during the First World War.
The Newburgh Handicap at Newbury replaced the Ebor in 2008 after York racecourse was flooded. The race was won by subsequent Group 1 scorer All The Good.