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A Celebration of Racing Festivals

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Featured Festival

The Ebor York Festival

While the award-winning floral displays always turn heads at this superb summer racing festival, it’s the horses that take centre stage. The roll of honour for top horses winning the Group 1 Juddmonte International (part of the Qipco British Champions Series) in recent years, include Sea the Stars (half-brother to Galileo) in 2009, and two of Galileo’s sons, Frankel in 2012 and Australia in 2014.

With 7 races on the card every day, none worth less than £70,000 to the winner, there’s lots to enhoy at this popular festival. While not a Group 1 race, the Ebor Stakes Handicap on Day-4, is nevertheless a very popular with the crowd. Won by Sea Pigeon, (by Derby winner Sea Bird II) and ridden to victory by Jonjo O’Neil in  1979, the race was won by the grey Fujaira Prince in 2020.

Frankel parades at York Racecourse after winning at The Juddmonte International Stakes at the Ebor
Frankel parades at York Racecourse after winning at The Juddmonte International Stakes at the Ebor Festival in 2012

Upcoming UK & Irish Racing Festivals

York Ebor

‘The Ebor’ is how many racing fans refer to the Yorkshire Ebor Festival. With 28 races including 3 Group 1 over 4 days in August, this is one unmissable festival.

Doncaster St Leger

As the world’s oldest classic flat horse race, it’s said: “The fastest horse wins the Guineas; the luckiest the Derby & the best horse wins the St Leger.”

Irish Champions

Leopardstown Racecourse in the foothills of the Dublin mountains and the Currage in County Kildare both host the 2-Day Irish Champions Weekend in September.

Recent Featured Festival

Glorious Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood in late July / early August is the summer racing festival and social highlight of the high Summer Flat horse racing season.

Goodwood Racecourse  is the place to be when the shines on this, arguably the world’s most beautiful racecourse for this iconic 5-day horse racing festival.

Over 100,000 people attend Glorious Goodwood, the showpiece five-day racing festival with a relaxed yet incredibly stylish atmosphere.

Glorious Goodwood is a uniquely English event, with a holiday atmosphere, where Champagne and strawberries are consumed in quantity.

This great racing event has none of the formality of Royal Ascot, whilst displaying all of the glamour.

Attracting the very best international horses and jockeys, including Frankel before this retirement, Glorious Goodwood is a magnet racegoers from far and wide who come to experience the festival’s unique racing and social atmosphere.

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