Knavesmire Racecourse

Knavesmire Racecourse

The York Racecourse, also known as the Knavesmire is a left handed track, which was founded way back in 1731. The Knavesmire hosts 15 race meetings each year, including of course its most famous, the York Ebor Festival. Many racegoers regard the course as the Ascot of the North and indeed, the Knavesmire of course hosted Royal Ascot back in 2005 when Ascot itself was undergoing major refurbishment.

The course has a crowd capacity of 60,000 and in 2003 won the prestigious racecourse of the year award and came out best in the Times Newspaper survey of all UK racecourses.

The Knavesmire gets its name from the district of Knavesmire famous in bygone days for its gallows and the regular hangings that took place there. In addition to the Ebor Festival, the Knavesmire also hosts the three day York Dante meeting held in May of each year. The York Dante meeting of course hosts the Group 2 Dante Stakes, which is a well known Derby Trial, the Yorkshire Cup and the Musidora Stakes.