York Races

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All the charm, beauty, exquisite luxury, clever calculation, quaint superstition and sheer exhilaration of the ancient sport of horse racing is contained within the splendid expanse that is the racecourse of York Races.

Free Racing Tips It is a course which holds some of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious fixtures, like the Ebor Festival, with the Juddmonte International being a major attraction and the most exciting and richest race of the local calendar.

The racing calendar begins in Spring with the marvellous Dante Festival and continues through the months, offering days of thrills, great food, style, fashion and celebrity,

For those who just want to enjoy the spectacle without diving into the throng of punters and bookies, the extended grounds make for the ideal picnic venue for families and friends who appreciate the aesthetic of leather, silks, and the power and grace of beautiful horses without having the need or desire to venture to parade ring.

At York Races there is no need to spend a fortune to get the full excitement which comes from laying a wager.

As a city which is synonymous with equestrian sports, and has a rich, long legacy of pitting fast horses against faster horses dating back to the Romans, who were known to have placed a wager or two in the same area, the racecard is filled with information besides the basics. Many of the fixtures have a history which is as curious as the region’s heritage and the racecard will fill you in on the pasts of colourful fixtures.

Naturally, there are many way to experience a day of thrilling racing. Some come to drink fine Champagnes and to engage in good conversation over a meal prepared by great chefs of award-winning cuisine. At the County Stand, visitors will find a dress code which alludes to the heyday of style and sophistication. In the County Stand it’s de rigueur for the man to wear a jacket and tie, and the fashionable woman will certainly be permitted, even if she hasn’t found that exotic hat which transcends typical expectations of a modiste’s skills.

It’s a chance to splash out, indulge the whims and toast the jockey as he prepares to dart out of the gate on your favourite horse of the day. No race needs to be enjoyed from the Champagne Terrace, it is purely for pleasure, and, at racecourse which is ranked one of the best in the world and has been ranked the best venue in the United Kingdom by The Times, it certainly is a real pleasure.
York Races, inside rail

Many world argue that to get a real sense of the day, to give yourself the best chance of actually making your bets more than a token nod to chance, you’d have to get into the heart of the action. The serious racing enthusiast who cares little for coat and tails and prefers to clutch a racecard to his side and view every favourite in the parade ring before placing his bet, will be found in the Grandstand and Paddock area.

Admission is available by the day and for the duration of the various events, and this is where the ethos of true horse racing is experienced. Once the horses have been paraded and you’ve calculated which one, two or three you’re going to favour with your wager, then you can head to then vibrant and vocal betting ring where bookies offer different odds to the tote, although the tote often offers better odds. As any knowing punter will tell you, it’s always best to keep an eye on the different odds offered by the bookies themselves and then compare them to the tote.

No matter how you approach betting, whether you’re just in for a bit of fun or are an ardent gambler who has worked out a detailed system and knows the story of each horse, jockey, trainer and owner, there you’re going to want to experience a little more of the York Races than parting with money and winning money, whatever the amount.

To this end there are many wonderful places to sit back and relax, enjoy sterling cuisine and a cooling beverage.

From the gourmet wining and dining to be had at the ever convivial Ebor Restaurant, which provides complete access to the County Stand, to the unparalleled final post views of the Winning Post Restaurant, there is something for every desire, both of the culinary and equestrian sport variety.

Hospitality is a big part of what marks out York Races from many ostensibly similar places. Aside from the many benefits of having such a vast array of venues with spectacular views, amenities and the award-winning chefs which make sure each mouthful is everything a discerning racing fan could expect, the racecourse has many additional facilities. It is racecourse which is a favoured events spot for people from the famous to those with corporate needs.

Whether it’s a wedding reception which requires the exclusivity of being held at one of the world’s most prestigious venues, or a corporate function which demands service excellence which has a reputation dating back a hundred years, York Races delivers the exceptional at every turn and the finish is always worth waiting for.