Although it might have been another frustrating year for York City football team, our city’s racecourse has once again managed to thrill hundreds of thousands of visitors through its epic horse racing events.

From August’s famous Ebor Festival, to May’s much-loved Dante Festival, York Racecourse celebrated another magnificent year that proves that our city is a real horse racing hotspot.

This was emphatically proven in June when York Racecourse was voted the best in the country by an industry-led panel.

The Racegoers Club commended the racecourse’s viewing experience, facilities, atmosphere, value for money, and food and beverage options.

But whilst York Racecourse has a legendary reputation for its hospitality, it’s always the horse racing itself that is the focus of many people’s attention. Whether it’s a fantastic festival or a midsummer weekend, there’s always something to enjoy.

Staggering prize money

In May, the Dante Festival gave us a three-day horse racing extravaganza with events like the Betfred Dante, the Tattersalls Musidora, and the Duke of York Clipper Logistic Stakes all helping to bump up the prize money to a staggering levels.

The Betfred Dante once again gave many punters a great day out, with the Permian racehorse shocking the bookies with a surprise win at odds of 10/1.

Whilst few people would have been surprised to see Dartmouth racing home to victory in the Betway Yorkshire Cup at odds of 11/4, with prize money of £165,000 for this race alone, it shows just how prestigious these famous York horse races have become.

August’s Ebor Festival was another spectacular racing event. With Nakeeta hanging on to win a nerve-wracking Ebor Handicap, and the Nunthorpe Stakes seeing Marsha pipping Lady Aurelia, it was another fantastic spectacle for racing fans.

And who could forget the Group 1 Juddmonte International that was the first ever million pound race at York Racecourse that saw the veteran racehorse, Ulysses, triumph over his younger rivals at odds of 4/1.

Big season ahead

Looking ahead to another great season… Photograph: York Racecourse

With no fewer than 122 races being held across 18 days in front of 350,000 racegoers in 2017, it remains to be seen how York Racecourse could get any better for 2018.

But with a calendar full of exciting racing highlights, there will be many people checking out the free horse racing tips to boost their winnings at York’s races next year.

Whilst many punters will be focusing on the Dante Festival that runs from 16 to 18 May, and the Ebor Festival that starts on the 22 August, there’s plenty more to look forward to.

From the June Meeting over the weekend of 15 and 16 June, to the John Smith’s Meeting on 13 and 14 July, it seems that every month between May and October will include a top racing attraction.

And despite the fact that the unpredictable weather managed to affect the racing on eight race days in 2017, it seems that there will be plenty of people flocking to York Racecourse when the action kicks off on 16 May 2018.