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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 racecourses.

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

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