York Racecourse

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York Racecourse introduction

York racecourse is one of UK’s premier racecourses. The racecourse is located in Knavesmire at the southwest part of the city of York in North Yorkshire and has one racing track in its premises. Racing in York is believed to date back almost 2000 years ago, in the times of the roman emperor Severus. The course has won a 2003 Flat racecourse of the year award and came top in the Times newspaper poll of UK horse courses.

York Racecourse History
Racing in York date back almost 2000 years ago to the times of the roman who raced horses for recreational purposes. Records show that the city of York supported horse racing as early as 1530 though the first fully recorded race took place in 1709. During that time extensive work was done in order to prevent the course, located at Clifton Ings, from being flooded repeatedly. Despite the all the efforts the course was flooded again and so in 1730 the track was relocated to Knavesmire where it remains to this very day. But the challenges persisted and since the Knavesmire had a stream running through and much work was to be done in order to achieve the right leveling and draining features required for the track. The track at Knavesmire was opened for it first meeting in 1731. Since 1842 to this very day The York Racecourse is held and managed by the York Racecourse Committee founded in 1842 on the purposes of halting any decline in horse racing quality and mainting a high level, high quality horse racing fixtures. Since 1754 when the first grandstand was erected and all the way to our age, many buildings and facilities were erected upon the grounds of the York racecourse, slowly progressing in turning the course what it is today.

Racing at York

Racing at York Racecourse
York racecourse holds three of UK’s 32 group one races, the Yorkshire Oaks, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the International Stakes together with the Ebor Handicap, a famous race run during the Ebor Festival fixture held in August. The track is 2 miles long and holds several different groups of races as most UK horse courses do. There is of course an on track racebook for proper horse racing betting.

The York racecourse also holds facilities of accommodation, catering and non racing events and 180 stables.

The York Racecourse Committee