Horse Racing in North Yorkshire has a very long history dating back to Roman times with credible records referring to racing taking place on the frozen surface of the River Ouse, in the forest of Galtres and on Acomb Moor.
The breeding of Thoroughbred horses was taken very seriously during the 18th Century with the importation of fast Arab stallions who were bred with local mares showing great strength, producing fast horses that performed very well on the racetrack. The most famous of these locally bred horses was Gimcrack who is honoured to this day with the annual Gimcrack Stakes. You can bet on all York horse races at William Hill Sport and get a great welcome with a free bet worth £25.
York Race Course Termed the Ascot of the North
The current York racecourse which is located at Knavesmire was set up in 1731 near to the site of the gallows that had been used for public executions since the 14th century. Racedays were held during the month of August with many ‘sideshows’ to entertain the spectators including cock fighting, troops of gypsies singing and the execution of criminals in full view of the public. Today the situation is completely different with York Racecourse often referred to in racing circles as the Ascot of the North due to the fine quality racecourse facilities with two fabulous grandstands and an outstanding series of racedays that include 3 Grade One races from the UK racing calendar.
The most notable event is the four day Erbor Festival featuring the Erbor handicap which was first run in 1843, the Nunthorpe Stakes where two year old horses can race against older horses, the Yorkshire Oaks and the Juddmonte Stakes. The festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors during the month of August with it being a favourite destination for families enjoying the summer holiday season and the broad range of entertainment and outstanding hospitality facilities offered at the racecourse.
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