ENJOY A GREAT DAY AT YORK RACECOURSE
Our Essential Guide to the 2017 Season
Dante Festival: 17-19 May
First Saturday: 27 May
June Meeting: 16-17 June
Summer Music Saturday: 1 July
John Smith's Cup Meeting: 14-15 July
Music Showcase Weekend: 28-29 July
Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival: 23-26 Aug
September Sunday: 10 September
October Finale: 13-14 October
Ben Fry has been checking out some of the amazing facilities at York Racecourse, many of which are brand new, and some of which the public don't get to see. Check out the video, as York Racecourse's James Brennan takes Ben on a behind-the-scenes tour...
You can always be sure of a great day out at York Racecourse!
There's nothing like a day at York Races – the excitement, the glamour, the atmosphere, the fun... and this year there's even more to enjoy!
Check out our guide to the 2017 season below...
Music Showcase Weekend
Friday Evening 28th July & Saturday 29th July 2017
Jess Glynne and All Saints are performing at the Music Showcase Weekend - two days every July that have become popular with racing and music fans alike.
Jess Glynne is set to play on the evening of Friday 28 July. The Grammy award winning music sensation is really excited to be playing at this year's Music Showcase Weekend and has said she cannot wait to share the summer evening with her fans. Jess will be performing music from her award winning album 'I cry when I laugh' which is likely to include the singles 'Hold My Hand,' 'Don't be so hard on yourself' and much more.
After racing on Saturday 29th July, one of the best known all girl bands of all time, All Saints, are set to play York Racecourse on the Music Showcase Saturday. All Saints (Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis, Natalie & Nicole Appleton) were one of the most successful pop groups of the 1990s, with two multi-platinum albums and record sales in excess of 12 million worldwide.
All Saints debut album, ‘All Saints’ went 5x platinum and produced 3 number-one singles, including the double BRIT award-winning ‘Never Ever’ which ended up selling over 1.2 million copies in the UK. The band returned with a new album, “Red Flag” and are back performing at the Music Showcase Saturday at York Racecourse live to rave reviews.
Everyone at York Racecourse is really excited about these two exciting music acts that will sit alongside the races. This year’s lineup at York Racecourse offers performers who have been stars across two decades and promises to be a real treat.
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Summer Music Saturday
Saturday 1st July 2017
Olly Murs will be performing back at York Racecourse after the sporting action at the Summer Music Saturday - a brand new York Raceday for 2017.
Olly Murs shot to fame on 'X Factor' in 2009, he has created four multi-platinum albums, produced four number one singles and much more.
Saturday 1st July will be one of the first chances to exclusively hear Olly Murs tracks from his new album '24 HRS.' He is likely to be performing his well known and popular songs including 'You Don't Know Love' and 'Grow Up' as a part of the exclusive performance at York Racecourse.
Olly has said he is looking forward to performing a special show for his fans and hopes to get out into the crowd during the day to enjoy the races too. On the racecourse itself, the racing action will see seven seven thoroughbred contests with combined prize money of £150,000.
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Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th August 2017
York Racecourses oldest, richest, fastest, and most famous races provide sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days.
On Tuesday 22 August York Racecourse will have a Ebor Festival Preview Evening with Sky Bet where the panel will look forward to the Ebor Festival. The traditional highlight of the season on the Knavesmire will then commence on Wednesday 23 August.
Wednesday 23 August - Juddmonte International
The prestigious Group One Juddmonte International will remain as the highlight of the opening day, a contest independently ranked as the best race in Great Britain by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities last season. Won in 2012 by Frankel, considered by some as the best thoroughbred in history and certainly the highest ranked on the planet so far. Last season saw PostPoned, the highest rated middle distance horse in Europe, claim the richest prize ever at York and this year it is worth a cool £1,000,000.
For many racegoers the opening day of the festival is the day when they catch up with friends and look forward to a week of shared enjoyment. Form followers will watch the Betway Great Voltigeur with particular interest as this York Group Two has already produced thirteen winners of the final Classic of the year, the St. Leger. The racecourse team looks forward to this day and everything is fresh and exciting.
Thursday 24 August - Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day
On all four days there will be a real sense of fashion, plenty of hats and sharp suits mixed with those sporting more relaxed summer clothing, however for many there remains an extra special feel about Thursday as it is Ladies Day. As in previous years, the best dressed racegoers have the chance to win a luxury trip courtesy of Marriott Hotels on the Ebor Fashion Lawn. The sporting action attracts the best fillies as the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Group Two Sky Bet Lowther Stakes are highly treasured titles.
Friday 25 August - Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
Friday offers the chance to race into the weekend, perhaps enjoying a short break in historic York or the wider White Rose county. The fastest race of the season, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, often decides the accolade of leading sprinter and is a blur of colour that needs to be seen and heard to be believed. In each of the last two seasons Mecca’s Angel has provided one of the stand out memories after taking the Coolmore Nunthorpe, for local trainer and jockey, Michael Dods and Paul Mulrennan.
Saturday 26 August - Betfred Ebor Day
The feature race of the Saturday is the Betfred Ebor, the oldest, and probably most famous race at York and the richest flat handicap in Europe. The excitement that this famous handicap generates has been constant since the 1840s; Mudawin a winner at over 100-1, Sergeant Cecil, a victor who became horse of the year, Purple Moon who landed a nationwide gamble and then headed down under and very nearly became the first British trained winner of the Melbourne Cup, a flying dismount from Frankie - and that’s just in its recent history. The buzz about the racecourse on Ebor day is infectious as groups of friends enjoy, relax and hopefully unravel the puzzle to find the winner of the Betfred Ebor.