The May Dante Festival – Day Three – The Yorkshire Cup, And The Jorvik Handicap.

A nice couple of wins at York yesterday, as the Dante turned out to be a solid race between Varian‘s Ektihaam and Bonfire, and Izzi Top won comfortably in the Middleton Stakes. Both of these races were a bit tricky, but the prices of both nudged out to 3/1 and 7/2! Wahay!

I hope that you are all on the ball over the next 48 hours, as the next two days have more racing than you can shake a stick at!

There are all the meetings starting with the three letters N-E-W! as in Newbury, Newcastle and Newmarket are all on today, and all of you out there having a bet in a shop, make sure you write the meeting out in full, as you wouldn’t want your stakes split, if you just write ‘New’ next to a horse number!

Now I know I have written ‘all the meetings starting with the three letters N-E-W’, but before some smart-arse emails me to say what about Newton Abbot? I have just realised there is one more, and cannot be bothered to write it out again!

So lets go straight to the main meeting – York, and the main race is the Yorkshire Cup, which like most cup races, is generally over a longer trip, and this one is over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs. The event is open to horses aged four years plus, who like the extra few furlongs over the mile and a half.

A race from the ‘Art Deco‘ years of 1927, this race has some history, and last years winner – Duncan, went on to win the Group One, Irish Field St.Leger.

Another race of note is – The Sportingbet Jorvik Handicap looks a competitive handicap, and sports the original name for York – Jorvik.

I did give a run-down last year on the history of this lovely town – The Kingdom of Jórvík (or Kingdom of York), which was dominated by Norse warrior-kings in and the nearest translation is ‘port of the chieftain’. Whatta nice bit of history!

Other supporting lasted races are not-so-easy to remember – The Langleys Solicitors LLP EBF Fillies´ Stakes (Registered As The Marygate Fillies´ Stakes) (Listed), and the Fine Equity Powered By Garmin Fillies´ Stakes (Michael Seely Memorial Stakes) (Listed Race)! Hope you got all that!

Now lets have a look at whats on offer at the other meetings – Aintree hold their Ladies’ Night, and I thought this is the only night meeting from the course, but they may race in the evening for their Summer Meeting in June too.

After racing there is the ‘a Party in the Paddock’ with ‘The Real Thing’ following racing, featuring their 70′s & 80′s hits which include “You to Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” & “Can You Feel The Force”.

It’s all a bit ‘Starsky and Hutch!’ – Big flares and big hair!

Newbury gear up for the JLT Lockinge Stakes on Saturday, and we should all be looking forward to Frankel having a good go tomorrow, and it’s guaranteed to be a cracking race.

Today’s card is still a nice start, with The Fillies’ Trial Stakes, and this is the fourth high profile fillies race of the week! The event is open to three-year-old fillies, over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs. The clue for the race is in the name, and it is a trial for the Epsom Oaks.

The name has swapped in the past from the Sir Charles Clore Memorial Stakes, a racehorse owner who passed away in 1979, but changed to this name in 1989.

Pity. Why can they just leave the names with some nice history alone!?

Anyway, a good day of racing at most of the courses.


The Jag.

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