York Ebor to be worth £1million from 2019

York racecourse has announced Sky Bet as the new sponsors of the Ebor Handicap, which will be worth £1million in 2019.

A five-year deal has been struck, with this year's race seeing a boost of 75 per cent in prize-money to £750,000 before topping the £1m mark next year.

The race conditions will also be amended from next year, with three-year-olds preventing from taking part, "so ensuring this significant boost in funds does not distort the Pattern programme". However, only two three-year-olds have made the cut within the last decade.

Sky Bet will also sponsor the Melrose Stakes and the Great Voltigeur - a St Leger trial won by Cracksman last season.