They’re off and running for Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival

Sophie Blades with the Betfred Ebor trophy ahead of Yorkshire racing's showcase meeting of the year. PIC: Tony Johnson
Sophie Blades with the Betfred Ebor trophy ahead of Yorkshire racing's showcase meeting of the year. PIC: Tony Johnson
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HIS beautiful cut glass trophy, polished by marketing assistant Sophie Blades, will be one of the top prizes at the four-day Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival which begins on Wednesday.

It will be presented to the winning connections of Saturday’s Betfred Ebor which was first run in 1843 and derives its name from York’s Roman origins.

Up to 80,000 racegoers will flock to York for this festival of hospitality, food and fashion as well as the chance to watch the world’s top racehorses compete for prize money worth £3.5m.

Wednesday’s feature Juddmonte International will get the meeting off to a flying start when Epsom Derby hero Australia puts his reputation on the line against North Yorkshire horse The Grey Gatsby and the doughty Mukhadram who is trained by Skipton-born William Haggas.

“It is a fantastic meeting,” said Mr Haggas. ”They have made a fantastic effort with the prize money to build up the meeting and there is a great atmosphere. You can’t beat it.”