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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

York Ebor Festival

Every year 300,000 enthusiasts come to witness Yorkshire Ebor Festival. People gather in the pavilion from all over the world to witness this leading and prominent event. Race lovers and fashionistas join the event specifically for the second day of the festival. This day is for the Ladies, and you will observe colorful dresses and hats throughout the pavilion. 

Because of the high demand and popularity of the event, it will be hard to find accommodation during the festival. Since Preakness Stakes fans are still stunned by the results, and we are getting closer to another major event of the season. 

In 1843, the first Ebor Handicap race started this festival at the York Racecourse. Traditionally, the event was for three days, but the organizers extended the event to four days. The major races for the event are the Ebor Handicap, the Yorkshire Oaks, and the Juddmonte International. In this article, you will find the important races for the second day. Also, you can check the Day 3 preview and betting tips here.

Second Day of York Ebor Festival 

1. Lowther Stakes 

This is a middle-distanced race contested at the Newmarket. Two-year-old horses are eligible for this open race. Older horses cannot take part in Lowther Stakes. The organizers named this race in memory of Hugh Lowther, who is the fifth Earl of Lonsdale. This is a six-furlong straight race for nine stone horses. However, Group 1 and Group 2 winners will have a three-pound penalty. After considering the performance of fillies in this race, fans can anticipate the chances for the Cheveley Park Stakes. In 2018, Fairyland won both of the races, making history. 

2. Yorkshire Oaks 

Established in 1849, this famous race falls in Group 1. It is open for mares and fillies of three years old. But, fillies above three years can also participate. Originally, only three aged fillies could participate in this race, but organizers removed these restrictions with time. Since the time of classification in 1971, this race is in Group 1. Older horses started racing in this race in 1991. Horses that perform well in Oaks have better chances to compete well in this race. In 1861, Brown Duchess won both of these races.


3. Galtres Stakes 

This race is one mile and three furlongs. Furthermore, this race is similar to Yorkshire Oaks in restrictions and rules. The major difference is the form of horses. For this race, the participants should either win the Group race or fall under Group 1. Organizers of the York Ebor Festival named this race after Sir Henry Cecil. He was the flat racing champion trainer and died in 2013. None of the horses have ever won this race more than once because of the four-pound penalty for winners. Frankie Dettori is a successful jockey in this racecourse by winning seven matches since 1990. On the other hand, Luca Cumani won eight matches since 1990, ranking him the most successful trainer.