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    Horse racing at York

    York stages flat horse racing only and is the third biggest racecourse in Britain in terms of total prize money offered. It is a hugely popular venue in the south-west of the city and attracts around 350,000 racegoers per year. Known locally as “The Knavesmire” it stages three of the UK’s 31 Group One races; the Juddmonte International Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks. Racing at York dates back to at least Roman times and in 2005 it acted as a replacement host to the Royal Ascot meeting, due to its usual home at Ascot being closed for a £185,000,000 redevelopment. It also hosted the St Leger in 2006 due to fellow Yorkshire venue Doncaster being closed for a similar overhaul.

    Yummy York betting tips on offer at Hurdle Bet

    The first big meeting to come under the Hurdle Bet spotlight and that we give York betting tips for is the three-day Spring Festival in May. There are a whole host of top races, including the Group 2 Dante Stakes on the second day. That race was first run in 1958 and is a major trial for the Derby at Epsom. Ten winners of the race have gone on achieve Classic glory at that venues in the North Downs, the first being St Paddy in 1960 and the most recent Golden Horn in 2015. The Group 2 Musidora Stakes also takes place at York and six winners of the fillies’ contest have gone on to land the Oaks (also at Epsom). By far the most important of York’s meeting is the Ebor Festival held annually in August. It features the Ebor Handicap, one of Europe’s premier handicap races, as well as the aforementioned Juddmonte International and Yorkshire Oaks. The International has been won by some of the true superstars of the sport, including in recent times by Sea The Stars (2009) and Frankel (2012). Get the tastiest York betting tips here on Hurdle Bet.