The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival will be a World Pool event for the first time in 2021, York Racecourse and the Tote announced on Monday.
Held at York, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival begins on Aug. 18 and lasts through Aug. 21, with racing fans around the world able to bet into a single pool ensuring larger and deeper pools, differentiated pricing and for unequaled value for Tote customers over the first three days. There have been a dozen World Pool days hosted by British racing already this year, among them QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day, Cazoo Derby Day, Royal Ascot, Coral-Eclipse Day, QIPCO King George Diamond Day and the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Over £250 million has been bet into the World Pool on these 12 days. In addition, there has been extra value for customers betting on www.tote.co.uk, with advantages like the Tote Guarantee, which ensures the win price always matches or exceeds the Industry Starting Price (SP), while Tote+ (Tote Plus) gives all customers a 10% dividend enhancement on every winning bet. Across Royal Ascot and the Qatar Goodwood Festival, a total of 38 of 57 races beat the Industry SP.
Bridget Guerin, Chairman of York Racecourse, said, “York Racecourse is delighted that all three of our midweek racedays
of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival are World Pool events. This includes our three Group 1 races including the
Longines World's Best Race, the £1-million G1 Juddmonte International. We look forward to having the opportunity to showcase our feature race meeting to a global betting audience and to build on the sport's ongoing work with the teams at both the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Tote to grow pool betting on British racing.”
Alex Frost, Chief Executive of the UK Tote Group, said, “With 17 World Pool days being hosted at British and Irish race
meetings in 2021, it is exciting to see the growing awareness of the exceptional value World Pool can offer to Tote
customers, and the financial benefits it brings to racecourses and the wider sport. We look forward to once again seeing
the World Pool brand oncourse at York this week as we all look forward to an excellent week of racing.”
Other World Pool events after the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, which will mark a continuation of the first ever summer of international horse racing made available to Hong Kong customers, include the Longines Irish Champion S. Day at Leopardstown on Sept. 11 and the QIPCO British Champions Day on Oct. 16.