York racecourse is a horse racing track located in York, North Yorkshire, England. The racecourse is well known for hosting flat races, and has been voted as “UK racecourse of the year” and “Northern racecourse of the year” on a regular basis. So far, it is the third biggest racecourse in the whole of Britain, attracting a crowd of 350,000each year. It is owned by York Racecourse Knavesmire LLP, and hosts a good number of races annually. Some of the notable races held there include; Dante Stakes, Ebor Handicap, International Stakes, and Nunthorpe Stakes.
Racing in York racecourse is said to have begun way back during the Roman times. However, it was until the year 1530 that the sport was recognized and supported by the city corporation. Since then, a number of races have been taking place in the racetrack, and by 19th century, it was able to host two major meetings, The Spring Meeting, and The Yorkshire Union Hunt. It hosted its first music concert in the 22nd of September, 1984.
The racecourse takes pride in hosting Britain’s famous races. For example, Duke of York Stakes. This is a Group 2 flat horse race in which horses three years and above take part in. The horses compete by running over 1,207
meters. It usually occurs in May of every year, and was first inaugurated in the year 1968. Dante Stakes is another major race hosted by the racecourse, and also allows in horses aged 3 and above. It takes place over 2,063 meters and takes place in May.
This year, there are a number of fixtures planned out in the racecourse. Summer music Saturday makes the highlight of them all. It is scheduled for Saturday the 30th of June, and Paloma Faith will be performing right after the sporting action. On 27th and 28th of July will be the Music showcase Weekend, where Sir Tom Jones and Boyzone will be performing.