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2020 Ebor Festival Schedule – Full dates and racecards for York’s summer spectacular

  • We take a look at the schedule for the Ebor Festival
  • This four-day meeting kicks off at York on Wednesday 19th August
  • Three Group Ones will be up for grabs during the festival
  • The lucrative Ebor Handicap is the headline race on the final Saturday
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Jon Vine 19 Aug 2020
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We guide you through the Ebor Festival schedule, highlighting the races and horses viewers can look forward to watching at York from Wednesday 19th August.

Two weeks on from Glorious Goodwood, flat racing fans will be treated to another fantastic meeting, as York racecourse stages their popular Ebor Festival. 

Three fantastic Group One prizes will be handed out over the first three days of the meeting, before the Ebor Handicap – the richest handicap race in Europe – brings down the curtain on the final Saturday of the Festival.

Let’s take a look through the four racecards and see which horses might steal the headlines during the 2020 Ebor Festival.

2020 Ebor Festival Schedule

2020 Ebor Festival Day One Racecard

1:55pm Symphony Group Handicap (Class 2) 5½f
2:25pm Acomb Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3:00pm Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
3:35pm Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1) 1m2½f
4:15pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 2m½f
4:50pm Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6f

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Day one of the Ebor Festival kicks off with the Symphony Group Handicap, before the first pattern-race is up for grabs in the Group Three Acomb Stakes. St Leger hopefuls will then put then test their mettle in the Great Voltigeur Stakes, before we move into the first Group One of the meeting.

The Juddmonte International Stakes is one of the most important and exciting races on the entire flat racing calendar. The 2020 edition of the Juddmonte International is shaping up into a classic, with last year’s winner, Japan set to square off with Coral-Eclipse winner Ghaiyyath, Prince Of Wales’s Stakes champion Lord North, and six-time Group One winner, Magical.

2020 Ebor Festival Day Two Racecard

1:55pm Lowther Stakes (Group 2) 6f
2:25pm Premier Yearling Stakes (Class 2) 6f
3:00pm Clipper Logistics Handicap (Class 2) 1m
3:35pm Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f
4:15pm Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Listed) 1m4f
4:50pm Fillies Handicap (Class 2) 7f

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Two-year-old fillies open the proceedings on day two of the Ebor Festival, as the Group Two Lowther Stakes is put up for grabs. The lucrative Premier Yearling Stakes is up next, won emphatically last year by Mums Tipple, before we reach the Clipper Logistics Handicap.

Sadly, what could have been the titanic clash of the season will not happen at York. Enable was due to square off against runaway 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks winner, Love in the Yorkshire Oaks, but John Gosden and Prince Khalid have decided to go down the September Stakes route instead.

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Battaash wheels away to win the Nunthorpe Stakes in 2019. (Getty)

2020 Ebor Festival Day Three Racecard

1:55pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 1m4f
2:25pm Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes (Group 2) 2m½f
3:00pm Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) 6f
3:35pm Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) 5f
4:15pm Maiden Stakes (Class 2) 7f
4:50pm Nationwide Handicap (Class 2) 1m

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Friday’s card starts off with a good-quality middle distance handicap. Sadly, Weatherby’s Hamilton has not put up the £1m bonus stayers bonus this year, so Stradivarius will probably not travel to York to go for a third Lonsdale Cup. Punters will still have a good renewal to look forward to none-the-less, with Nayef Road likely to head the market.

The Group Two Gimcrack Stakes for juveniles is up next, before Battaash bids to defend his crown in the Nunthorpe Stakes. Charlie Hills’ charge set a track record when winning the race 12 months ago, and returns to York having broken the clock when securing a fourth King George at Goodwood. Art Power looks to be the main opposition to Battaash, with Golden Pal and A’Ali also entered up in day three’s feature.

2020 Ebor Festival Day Four Racecard

1:50pm Strensall Stakes (Group 3) 1m1f
2:25pm Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 1m6f
3:00pm City Of York Stakes (Group 2) 7f
3:40pm Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 1m6f
4:10pm Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed) 5f
4:45pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 1m2½f
5:20pm Apprentice Handicap (Class 2) 5f

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The final afternoon of action at the Ebor Festival kicks off with the Group Three Strensall Stakes, before those who didn’t quite make the cut for the Ebor battle it out for a slightly lesser prize in the Melrose Handicap.

The City Of York Stakes, a Group Two run over seven furlongs, then leads perfectly into the namesake race of the entire meeting, the Ebor Handicap. Hamish came out on top in the Melrose Handicap 12 months ago, and will almost certainly get into the Ebor in 2020. He’ll face stiff competition from Royal Ascot winner Fujaira Prince, and other talented stayers like Trueshan, Deja and Eagles By Day.

2020 Ebor Festival FAQs

When is the Ebor Festival?

The 2020 Ebor Festival starts on Wednesday 19th August, and ends on Saturday 22nd August.

Where is the Ebor Festival taking place?

The Ebor Festival is always run at York racecourse, Yorkshire.

Why is it called the Ebor Festival?

The Ebor Festival is named after the namesake race of the meeting, the Ebor Handicap. The race is named after the shortened form of Eboracum, which was the Roman name for the city of York.

What races will be run at the Ebor Festival?

The Ebor Handicap is the namesake race of the Ebor Festival. Along with that lucrative handicap, there are three Group One races to enjoy during the week, the Juddmonte International Stakes, the Yorkshire Oaks and the Nunthorpe Stakes.

Will Enable run at the Ebor Festival?

No. Enable will not run at the Ebor Festival this year, after her owner decided to go to Kempton for the September Stakes instead.

Where can I watch the Ebor Festival?

The main races on all four days of the 2020 Ebor Festival will be shown on ITV Racing. Visit our Live Streaming page if you want to watch the racing via your mobile or tablet.


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