Betfred Ebor Handicap

Raced on the final day of the world famous York Ebor meeting, the Ebor Handicap is the richest flat race handicap in Europe, with prize money of well over £210,000. It is raced over 1 mile and six furlongs of the Knavesmire race course and it is one of the biggest betting races of the flat racing season. A list of recent winners is listed below.

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2016 Ebor Handicap Result

Result Runner Jockey Trainer Odds
1st 12. Heartbreak City A McNamara A Martin 15/2
2nd 18. Shrewd C Lee I Jardine 12/1
3rd 14. Quick Jack O Orr A Martin 10/1
4th 2. Battersea A Atzeni R Varian 16/1

Recent York Ebor Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2016 Heartbreak City Adam McNamara Tony Martin
2015 Litigant Oisin Murphy Joseph Byrne
2014 Mutual Regard Louis Steward Johnny Murtagh
2013 Tiger Cliff Tom Queally Lady Cecil
2012 Willing Foe Frankie Dettori Saeed Bin Suroor
2011 Moyenne Corniche D Swift B Ellison
2010 Dirar J Spencer G Elliott
2009 Sesenta G Carroll W Mullins
2008 All The Good D O’Neill S Suroor
2007 Purple Moon J Spencer L Cumani
2006 Mudawin J Egan J Chapple-Hyam
2005 Sergeant Cecil A Munro R Millman
2004 Mephisto D Holland L Cumani

Background

Over the years is has not become a great race for punters, with only four favourites and co favourites having won the race since 1978. Indeed, trainer, Jane Chapple-Hyam trained Mudawin who won the race in 2006 with odds of 100/1. The last two winners, All The Good in 2008 and Sesenta in 2009 were both 25/1outsiders. The last favourite to win in fact was Purple Moon, trained by Luca Cumani who with odds of 7/2 in 2007.

The Ebor handicap is also one of those very few races which is competed for by both Flat and National Hunt trainers. It seems strange to note that Sesenta in 2009 was trained by Irish National Hunt legend, Willie Mullins, while All The Good, was trained by the fabulously wealthy stable of Godolphin.

The race’s most famous winner is probably the legendary Sea Pigeon, who took the race in 1979. That race was unique in that the jockey was Jonjo O’Neill, who as a NH jockey took on the flat jockeys in the race and beat them. Sea Pigeon although the son of Sea bird, winner of the Epsom Derby in 1965, never made it as a flat racing horse, failing at group level and performing only modestly in Handicaps. He was then gelded and moved over to NH, where he excelled, winning amongst other major races, the Champion Hurdler twice. He also improved on the flat, winning this race in 1979 with a record weight of 10 stone and the Chester Cup twice in 1978 and 979.

There has been no particular trainer who has completely dominated this race, although entries made from Luca Cumani should be seriously respected as he has had three winners since, 1999.

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