Horse Racing In York
|| A glance
sideways as you drive up the A64 will reveal the majestic
sight of York Racecourse.
The track on Knavesmire, just one mile from the city
centre, is one of the finest in Europe, with readers
of The Times hailing it the best of all Britain’s
And thousands of visitors every year undoubtedly agree
with this view.
York’s Roman-related history is well known so
it will come as no surprise that Romans are also thought
to have raced on Knavesmire. The modern course as we
see it today dates back to the 18th century, and remnants
of John Carr’s grandstand remain among the modern
towering buildings that now fill the skyline at this
side of the city.
Every public house in the near vicinity of the track
proudly bear their racing-themed names.
Flat racing meetings start in May each year and run
to October. One of the most popular meetings in the
country is the annual three-day world-class Ebor meeting,
which attracts large crowds in summer. Other racing
includes the Derby trial, the Magnet Cup and the internationally-flavoured
Cuisine de France Summer Stakes.
Such is the high regard that York is held in that Royal
Ascot will be held there in 2005 while building work
takes place at the Berkshire course.
Safety experts recently agreed that 50,000 people will
be able to attend each day of the York Royal Ascot meeting,
with temporary seating increasing the current maximum
capacity of 45,000.
For further information contact The Racecourse, York,
North Yorkshire, YO23 1EX, telephone 01904 620911 or
visit the website www.yorkracecourse.co.uk