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Andrea Calo 25th Feb 2009 - 16:24

York Ebor betting: better than ever

York Ebor Festival will be better than ever this year, bettors hope – after the York Ebor Festival was abandoned in 2008.

Flooding on the famous York Knavesmire saw last year’s Ebor Festival abandoned, with betting fans mourning the loss of York racing’s most prestigious racing fixture. But the 2009 Ebor Festival promises to be one of the best betting events of the year.

The York Ebor Festival will be held over four days in 2009, as was originally planned for 2008 until the weather intervened. It will be the first time a four-day Ebor Festival race meeting will be held.

York Ebor betting races
Ebor Festival odds will be available throughout the flat racing season, with many popular racehorses booked to appear at the York Ebor Festival. Group 1 horse races at the Ebor Festival include the Juddmonte International, the Darley Yorkshire Oaks for classic-generation fillies and the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes for sprinters.

The York Ebor Handicap itself is the richest handicap in Europe and usually the focus of York Ebor betting. York Ebor odds can be quite high, with Hugs Dancer, the 2002 winner, coming in at odds of 25/1 and Mudawin landing the Ebor Handicap in 2006 at odds of 100/1.

York Ebor: betting and champagne
As well as a festival of betting, York Ebor Festival is known as a society race meeting, where the champagne bars are as busy as the bookmakers.

Famous racehorse owners involved in York Ebor Betting will include Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, all the great Sheikhs and the Coolmore-based owners led by John Magnier. Hotels will be busy over the York Ebor Festival, as will betting shops.

Best York Ebor odds
With large crowds expected at York Racecourse for Ebor Festival betting, the competition among bookmakers for business will be large and some good odds can be expected. The best York Ebor odds will be in the Handicap itself, with each-way betting paying one-quarter the odds on the first four places.

The Group 2 York Ebor Handicap could have the best betting odds in the festival because of the size of the field, with more than 16 race horses likely to be entered in the York Ebor.

York Ebor history
The word Ebor comes from “Eboracum”, the original Roman name for York. The word evolved over the centuries, with the last two syllables becoming attached to the present-day York suburb of Acomb.

“Eboracum” became “Eoforwick” and “Jorvik” before becoming “York”. “Eoforwick” also evolved into “Earswick”, the name of a village just outside York.

The Ebor Handicap was first run in 1843, although York Races have been held on the Knavesmire since the mid-eighteenth century. Ironically after the York Ebor cancellation in 2008, the Knavesmire was originally chosen because York’s first “racecourse” – Clifton and Rawcliffe Ings, to the north of the city – were prone to flooding.

York betting fans will hope the weather is kinder this year and look forward to four days of the best York Ebor betting.


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