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2021 Ebor Festival Schedule – Dates, cards and race previews

By Jon Vine
14 Aug 2021
  • We take a look at the schedule for the Ebor Festival
  • This famous four-day meeting kicks off at York on Wednesday 18th August
  • Three Group Ones will be up for grabs during the week
  • The lucrative Ebor Handicap takes place on the final Saturday
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A general view of runners and riders in the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes during day two of the Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York. (Getty)
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Once Glorious Goodwood has come to an end, flat racing fans turn their attentions to York, as they prepare the Knavesmire for the 2021 Ebor Festival. 

Over the four days of the Ebor Festival, many prestigious prizes will be handed out. Each of the first three cards are headlined by Group One races, while the third and final day features the namesake race of the meeting, the lucrative Ebor Handicap.

Here's our preview of the Ebor Festival, including a look at all four cards and a few of the horses viewers can look forward to watching.
    Table Of Contents
  • 2021 Ebor Festival Schedule
  • 2021 Ebor Festival Day One Racecard
  • 2021 Ebor Festival Day Two Racecard
  • 2021 Ebor Festival Day Three Racecard
  • 2021 Ebor Festival Day Four Racecard

2021 Ebor Festival Schedule

2021 Ebor Festival Day One Racecard

1:55pm Symphony Group Handicap (Class 2) 5½f
2:25pm Acomb Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3:00pm Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
3:35pm Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1) 1m2½f
4:15pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 2m½f
4:50pm Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6f

Day one of the Ebor Festival starts off with the Symphony Group Handicap, before the first pattern race takes place, the Group Three Acomb Stakes. St Leger hopefuls will then test their mettle in the Great Voltigeur Stakes, where Charlie Appleby's Kemari could take on High Definition and Sir Lucan.

St Mark's Basilica will then put his unbeaten season record on the line in the Juddonte International Stakes. Aidan O'Brien also has Love entered up, while Mishriff, Alcohol Free, Mohaafeth and Alenquer could make this Group One a race of the season contender.

2021 Ebor Festival Day Two Racecard

1:55pm Lowther Stakes (Group 2) 6f
2:25pm Premier Yearling Stakes (Class 2) 6f
3:00pm Clipper Logistics Handicap (Class 2) 1m
3:35pm Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f
4:15pm Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Listed) 1m4f
4:50pm Fillies Handicap (Class 2) 7f

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Juvenile fillies will open the proceedings on day two of the Ebor Festival, as the Group Two Lowther Stakes is played out. The lucrative Premier Yearling Stakes is up next, before the red carpet is rolled out for Snowfall ahead of the Yorkshire Oaks.

Aidan O'Brien's filly won the Epsom Oaks by a record-breaking 16 lengths earlier in the season, and produced an equally dominant performance to win the Irish Oaks last time out. Royal Ascot winners Wonderful Tonight and Loving Dream will provide stiff competition, but Snowfall is the one they all have to catch.

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Jockey Frankie Dettori rides Snowfall to an easy victory in the Oaks on the first day of the Epsom Derby Festival. (Getty)

2021 Ebor Festival Day Three Racecard

1:55pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 1m4f
2:25pm Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes (Group 2) 2m½f
3:00pm Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) 6f
3:35pm Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) 5f
4:15pm Maiden Stakes (Class 2) 7f
4:50pm Nationwide Handicap (Class 2) 1m

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Friday’s card starts off with a good quality middle distance handicap, before many of the leading stayers in the sport battle it out in the Lonsdale Cup. The Group Two Gimcrack Stakes for juveniles is up next, where Richard Hannon and Al Shaqab Racing could be dually represented by Lusail and Armor.

The third and final Group One of the Ebor Festival, the Nunthorpe Stakes headlines day three's action. King George winner Suesa tops the current market, with Dragon Symbol, Winter Power, Rohaan and Wesley Ward's raider, Golden Pal also sitting prominently in the market.

2021 Ebor Festival Day Four Racecard

1:50pm Strensall Stakes (Group 3) 1m1f
2:25pm Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 1m6f
3:00pm City Of York Stakes (Group 2) 7f
3:40pm Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 1m6f
4:10pm Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed) 5f
4:45pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 1m2½f
5:20pm Apprentice Handicap (Class 2) 5f

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The fourth and final day at the Ebor Festival kicks off with the Group Three Strensall Stakes. Next, those who didn’t quite make the cut for the Ebor battle it out for a slightly lesser prize in the Melrose Handicap.

The Group Two City Of York Stakes then leads perfectly into the namesake race of the entire meeting, the Ebor Handicap. Four Irish raiders head the ante-post betting, with Saldier, Sonnyboyliston, MC Muldoon and Princess Zoe all sitting prominently. Away He Goes and defending champion, Fujaira Prince spearhead the home challenge, with Hamish and Ilaraab also set to line up.


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