York Ebor Festival Ebor Day
Thursday, 18th August 2011
Day two sees the feature races of the original Ebor Handicap, the Gimrack Stakes and the Lonsdale Cup. The Lonsdale Cup runs over a distance of 2 miles and 88 yards, is open to thoroughbreds ages three and older, and is classified as a Group 2 race; it is also considered a popular test for contenders in training for the Doncaster Cup. The Gimrack Stakes takes the form of a sprint race (6 furlongs) and is run by two year old colts and geldings. It is named in the honour of legendary race horse Gimrack, who celebrated his 27-win career high in the 18th century. The main feature of the day is the Ebor Handicap, the race that started the festival tradition. It is held over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs, and the most valuable handicap race in Europe, currently open to thoroughbreds aged three and older.
This race is a handicap for 3-year-olds and up on a left-handed turf track over a distance of 1 mile 6 furlongs. It has been running since 1843, and its most successful horse has been Flint Jack with 2 wins. It is the richest flat handicap in Europe, with a purse of £210,000.