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The Ebor Festival is popular among many, including racing enthusiasts, and friends simply enjoying a day out. If you are planning your first trip to Knavesmire then you’ll need some tips on how to make the most of this special occasion.

The Ebor Festival takes place between the 18th–21st August at York Racecourse. With record prize money of over £2.7 million. It includes the richest race ever held on the Knavesmire – The Juddmonte International Stakes, worth £600,000. The Juddmonte takes place on Tuesday 18th.

So what to do when you get their? Firstly, make sure you are dressed accordingly. There are different dress codes depending on whether you are in the County Stand or the Grandstand.

An excellent York Festival tip is to arrive early so you can fully experience the raceday atmosphere. You can take a trip to the Parade Ring before the start of the race. There you can listen to the Punter’s Panel and review the runners and jockeys to help you pick a winner. You can also explore the rest of the racecourse such as the bars and restaurants.

If you are planning to bet on the races then make sure you understand the racecard and how to place bets. The racecard gives you information on all the runners and riders for the day. There are over 300 tote betting points around the ground with bets starting for as little as £2.

There are always people around the ground to give you tips on the races and runners, whether it is a seasoned enthusiast, a tote or the York Festival Hospitality team to help in giving you a wonderful Ebor Festival experience.

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