Ebor Handicap

The Ebor Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at York over a distance of 1 mile 5 furlongs and 188 yards (2,787 metres). It is scheduled to take place each year in August.

Ebor Handicap
Handicap race
LocationYork Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated1843
Race typeFlat
SponsorSky Bet
WebsiteYork
Race information
Distance1m 5f 188yd (2,787 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old and up
WeightHandicap
Purse£1,000,000 (2019)
1st: £600,000
Ebor Handicap
2019
Yellow, emerald green and yellow striped sleeves Royal blue Light blue, red chevron, dark blue sleeves, white stars, light blue cap, red star
Mustajeer Red Galileo Desert Skyline

HistoryEdit

The event is named after the shortened form of Eboracum, the Roman name for York. It was first run in 1843, and it was originally known as the Great Ebor Handicap. The race was introduced by John Orton, a newly appointed Clerk of the Course at York. It was initially contested over 2 miles, but its distance was later cut by 2 furlongs.

The planned running of the Ebor Handicap in 2008 was abandoned because of a waterlogged track. It was replaced by an event at Newbury called the Newburgh Handicap, a reference to the town's original Norman name.

The race is now held on the final day of York's four-day Ebor Festival meeting. It is currently the most valuable flat handicap in Europe. The prize money was increased to £500,000 from the 2018 running and then to £1,000,000 from 2019, making it the first British handicap race worth £1,000,000. In connection with the prize money increase three-year-olds were excluded from the race from the 2019 running.[1]

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Flint Jack – 1922, 1923

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Lester PiggottGladness (1958), Primera (1959), Die Hard (1961), Tintagel II (1970), Jupiter Island (1983)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Tom Dawson – Godfrey (1844), Mark Tapley (1850), Pax (1860), Makeshift (1862), Mandrake (1867)

Winners since 1976Edit

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer SP Time
1976 Sir Montagu 3 8-00 Willie Carson Ryan Price 1002.75 11/4 F
1977 Move Off 4 8-01 Jimmy Bleasdale J. Calvert 1009 9/1
1978 Totowah 4 8-01 Paul Cook Michael Jarvis 1020 20/1
1979 Sea Pigeon 9 9-14 10-00 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby 1018 18/1
1980 Shaftesbury 4 8-05 Greville Starkey Michael Stoute 1012 12/1
1981 Protection Racket 3 8-01 Mark Birch Jeremy Hindley 1007.5 15/2
1982 Another Sam 5 9-02 Brian Rouse Richard Hannon Sr. 1016 16/1
1983 Jupiter Island 4 9-00 Lester Piggott Clive Brittain 1009 9/1
1984 Crazy 3 8-13 Walter Swinburn Guy Harwood 1010 10/1
1985 Western Dancer 4 8-06 Paul Cook Con Horgan 1020 20/1
1986 Primary 3 8-07 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1006 6/1 2:55.34
1987 Daarkom 4 9-03 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart 1006.5 13/2 3:05.08
1988 Kneller 3 8-01 Paul Eddery Henry Cecil 1009 9/1 2:53.67
1989 Sapience 3 8-04 Pat Eddery Jimmy FitzGerald 1007.5 15/2 2:57.03
1990 Further Flight 4 8-08 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1007 7/1 JF 2:55.04
1991 Deposki 3 7-03 Francis Norton Michael Stoute 1012 12/1 3:03.48
1992 Quick Ransom 4 8-03 Dean McKeown Mark Johnston 1016 16/1 2:55.48
1993 Sarawat 5 8-02 Richard Quinn Reg Akehurst 1014 14/1 2:59.20
1994 Hasten to Add 4 9-03 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott 1006.5 13/2 F 2:56.56
1995 Sanmartino 3 7-11 Willie Carson Barry Hills 1008 8/1 2:53.62
1996 Clerkenwell 3 7-11 Fergal Lynch Michael Stoute 1008.5 17/2 2:53.47
1997 Far Ahead 5 8-00 Tyrone Williams Les Eyre 1033 33/1 2:58.21
1998 Tuning 3 8-07 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 1004.5 9/2 F 2:51.89
1999 Vicious Circle 5 8-04 Kevin Darley Luca Cumani 1011 11/1 2:54.48
2000 Give the Slip 3 8-08 Pat Eddery Amanda Perrett 1008 8/1 2:55.62
2001 Mediterranean 3 8-04 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1016 16/1 2:55.85
2002 Hugs Dancer 5 8-05 Dean McKeown James Given 1025 25/1 2:55.12
2003 Saint Alebe 4 8-08 Richard Quinn David Elsworth 1020 20/1 2:54.96
2004 Mephisto 5 9-04 Darryll Holland Luca Cumani 1006 6/1 3:06.10
2005 Sergeant Cecil 6 8-12 Alan Munro Rod Millman 1011 11/1 2:54.56
2006 Mudawin 5 8-04 John Egan Jane Chapple-Hyam 1100 100/1 2:57.78
2007 Purple Moon 4 9-04 Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 1003.5 7/2 F 2:59.26
2008 All the Good [a] 5 9-00 Dane O'Neill Saeed bin Suroor 1025 25/1 2:52.05
2009 Sesenta 5 8-08 Gary Carroll Willie Mullins 1025 25/1 2:57.52
2010 Dirar 5 9-01 Jamie Spencer Gordon Elliott 1014 14/1 2:57.13
2011 Moyenne Corniche 6 8-10 Dale Swift Brian Ellison 1025 25/1 3:01.60
2012 Willing Foe 5 9-02 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1012 12/1 3:00.75
2013 Tiger Cliff 4 9-00 Tom Queally Lady Cecil 1005 5/1 3:03.36
2014 Mutual Regard 5 9-04 Louis Steward Johnny Murtagh 1020 20/1 2:56.48
2015 Litigant 7 9-01 Oisin Murphy Joseph Tuite 1033 33/1 3:00.16
2016 Heartbreak City 6 9-01 Adam McNamara Tony Martin 1007.5 15/2 2:56.13
2017 Nakeeta 6 9-00 Callum Rodriguez Iain Jardine 1012 12/1 2:56.54
2018 Muntahaa 5 9-09 Jim Crowley John Gosden 1011 11/1 2:53.48
2019 Mustajeer 6 9-05 Colin Keane Ger Lyons 1016 16/1 2:52.97

a The 2008 running took place at Newbury over 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 61 yards.

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1843: Pagan
  • 1844: Godfrey
  • 1845: Coheiress
  • 1846: Arthur
  • 1847: Mathematician
  • 1848: Meaux
  • 1849: The Hero
  • 1850: Mark Tapley
  • 1851: Nancy
  • 1852: Adine
  • 1853: Pantomime
  • 1854: The Grand Inquisitor
  • 1855: Vandal
  • 1856: Warlock
  • 1857: El Hakim
  • 1858: Vedette
  • 1859: Underhand
  • 1860: Pax
  • 1861: Rising Sun
  • 1862: Makeshift
  • 1863: Golden Pledge
  • 1864: Raglan
  • 1865: Verdant
  • 1866: Westwick
  • 1867: Mandrake
  • 1868: Fair Wind
  • 1869: Fortunio
  • 1870: Paganini
  • 1871: Not Out
  • 1872: Albert Victor
  • 1873: Louise Victoria
  • 1874: Chivalrous
  • 1875: Lily Agnes
  • 1876: Lilian
  • 1877: Il Gladiatore
  • 1878: Caerau
  • 1879: Isonomy
  • 1880: Novice
  • 1881: Mother Shipton
  • 1882: Victor Emanuel
  • 1883: Corrie Roy
  • 1884: Ben Alder
  • 1885: Mate
  • 1886: Le Caissier
  • 1887: Silence
  • 1888: Nappa
  • 1889: King Monmouth
  • 1890: Silver Spur
  • 1891: Buccaneer
  • 1892: Alice
  • 1893: Senaputty
  • 1894: Quilon
  • 1895: Llanthony
  • 1896: Dingle Bay
  • 1897: Harvest Money
  • 1898: Invincible II
  • 1899: Cassock's Pride
  • 1900: Jiffy II
  • 1901: Gyp
  • 1902: Wargrave
  • 1903: McYardley
  • 1904: Warwolf
  • 1905: The Page
  • 1906: Golden Measure
  • 1907: Wuffy
  • 1908: Rousay
  • 1909: Dibs
  • 1910: Claretoi
  • 1911: Pillo
  • 1912: Election
  • 1913: Junior
  • 1914–18: no race
  • 1919: Race Rock
  • 1920: Iron Hand
  • 1921: March Along
  • 1922: Flint Jack
  • 1923: Flint Jack
  • 1924: Marvex
  • 1925: Chapeau
  • 1926: Pons Asinorum
  • 1927: Cap-a-Pie
  • 1928: Cinq a Sept
  • 1929: Bonny Boy
  • 1930: Coaster / Gentlemen's Relish *
  • 1931: Brown Jack
  • 1932: Cat o' Nine Tails
  • 1933: Dictum
  • 1934: Alcazar
  • 1935: Museum
  • 1936: Penny Royal
  • 1937: Weathervane
  • 1938: Foxglove II
  • 1939: Owenstown
  • 1940–42: no race
  • 1943: Yorkshire Hussar
  • 1944: The Kernel
  • 1945: Wayside Inn
  • 1946: Foxtrot
  • 1947: Procne
  • 1948: Donino
  • 1949: Miraculous Atom
  • 1950: Cadzow Oak
  • 1951: Bob
  • 1952: Signification
  • 1953: Norooz
  • 1954: By Thunder!
  • 1955: Hyperion Kid
  • 1956: Donald
  • 1957: Morecambe
  • 1958: Gladness
  • 1959: Primera
  • 1960: Persian Road
  • 1961: Die Hard
  • 1962: Sostenuto
  • 1963: Partholon
  • 1964: Proper Pride
  • 1965: Twelfth Man
  • 1966: Lomond
  • 1967: Ovaltine
  • 1968: Alignment
  • 1969: Big Hat
  • 1970: Tintagel II
  • 1971: Knotty Pine
  • 1972: Crazy Rhythm
  • 1973: Bonne Noel
  • 1974: Anji
  • 1975: Dakota
* The 1930 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.
The race was run at Pontefract in 1943 and 1944.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wilers, Daniel (3 April 2018). "Top York race the Ebor will be worth £1m next year". The York Press. Retrieved 6 May 2020.