York racecourse recently came out top in a Times survey of the best racecourses in the UK, and if you’ve ever visited York racecourse that wouldn’t surprise you. Excellent facilities and good viewing are coupled with a friendly atmosphere and cheap prices to make York a must visit. Such is its standing that when Ascot was being re-developed York was chosen to host the Royal Ascot meeting in 2005. The course is also called the Knavesmire, and horse racing has taken place there since 1731.
York really is a splendid course
with a long run-in sweeping turns and virtually no undulations, making it a
galloping horses dream. It is fair to every style of horse. There
is also a perfectly flat straight course on which all 5 and 6 furlong
races are run. They appear to be pretty
fair. However the perception is that there is a bias favouring front runners. However an excellent study carried out by Simon Rowlands dispels this myth, and ranked York as only 36th best out of 37 for front runners, with the long flat straight maybe having something to do with this.