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York Racecourse is located in North Yorkshire and is one of the leading flat courses in Britain. The famous Knavesmire track has existed for almost 300 years and is the stage of the Ebor Festival – four days of quality action held each year in August. The feature races of their key meeting include three Group races: Juddmonte International Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks. York also hosts the Dante meeting in May which attracts approximately 350,000 racegoers annually.

York Betting Tips

The Grade 1 course at York underwent major changes ten years ago. York now has a left-handed track in the shape of an elongated oval measuring 1 mile 7 furlongs. With big sweeping runs, York racecourse is considered a very fair track with slight undulations. It also lends itself to good galloping types. Racing often tends to start a long way out and, such is the nature of the course, front runners are often pegged back by those who challenge late. This is an important point to consider when selecting our York tips.

The home straight at York is 5 furlongs in length and sprint races are run on this level straight. Races at 6 furlongs use one of three chutes branching off from the main course. In this case, an extra 1 furlong is added to the straight. Races at 7 furlongs use a 2 furlong chute which joins on to the main course at the final turn before running the remaining 5 furlongs on the straight. The third chute is 4 furlongs long and joins the back straight for 2 mile races.

York Draw Bias

Overall, the bias at York races is minimal. Over 5 furlongs there is a slight advantage for the low numbers in big fields and for higher drawn horses when the ground is soft. The stands rail is certainly the place to be for 6 furlong races, therefore a high draw is preferred. There aren’t many races run over 7 furlongs using the 2 furlong chute. However, all available evidence suggests that there is an advantage for those drawn high, with the bias reversed on softer going. But, again, this advantage is minimal. Over a mile a low drawn horse is also marginally preferred.

York Betting Trends

Local trainers David O’Meara, Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and Kevin Ryan all send a good number of horses to race on the Knavesmire and have made their fair share of prize money. However, Sir Michael Stoute (19.67%) John Gosden (18.75%) and Willie Haggas (17.48%) lead in terms of win percentages. Haggas has taken the most prize money from York races over the last three years. He has won over £900,000 from 103 runners, almost double that of Richard Fahey who saddled 378 in that time and has a strike rate of only 6%.

The prize money at York is among the best in the country and since 2013 Italian jockey Andrea Atzeni has made the most of it. He’s accumulated a staggering £1,114,826 from his 89 runners, almost half of which from when he led Postponed to victory in the Juddmonte last August. He also gives value for money, showing a level stakes profit of +29.88 in that period.

York Feature Races


  • Duke of Yorkshire Stakes (6f)
  • Musidora Stakes (1m 2f 88y)
  • Middleton Stakes (1m 2f 88y)
  • Dante Stakes (1m 2f 88y)
  • Yorkshire Cup (1m 6f)
  • Grand Cup (1m 6f)


  • Summer Stakes (6f)
  • John Smith’s Cup (1m 2f 88y)
  • York Stakes (1m 2f 88y)


  • Galtres Stakes (1m 4f)
  • City of York Stakes (7f)
  • Roses Stakes (5f)
  • International Stakes (1m 2f 88y)
  • Great Voltigeur Stakes (1m 4f)
  • Acomb Stakes (7f)
  • Lowther Stakes (6f)
  • Yorkshire Oaks (1m 4f)
  • Lonsdale Cup (2m 88y)
  • Strensall Stakes (1m 208y)
  • Nunthorpe Stakes (5f)
  • Gimcrack Stakes (6f)
  • Ebor Handicap (1m 6f)


  • September Derby (6f)

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