The May Dante Festival – Day Two – Some Nice Wins At The Dante Stakes.

What a tough start to the York Festival yesterday, with some big prices coming in, and there is some more today with their Betfred Dante Stakes Day, but there is another meeting – Newmarket, waiting to pounce in the evening with their first day of a three day meeting – The St Nicholas Hospice Care Race Night.

But York win outright with some lovely races, the big one is The Dante Stakes, which is open to three-year-old horses, over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs. This is named after the winner of the Derby in 1945, which due to the war, was run at Newmarket for that year.

The Dante Stakes is one of the trials for the Derby, and last season, you may remember that I was very keen on the Queen’s horse – Carlton House. He ran a blinder here in this race, but ‘the wheel fell off’ for the remainder of his big rides, and was a touch disappointing.

Poor old Queenie was not amused either, as ‘One wanted a Derby, under ones belt, or crown!’ but he lost a shoe and came third. Cost us all a few bob too…..

But as it is a three year old only race, so there is a fresh crop of horses today, and I have had my eye on one horse that I tipped over the winter…….

The supporting race on the card is the The Middleton Stakes, which is open to fillies and mares aged four years plus, over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs.

There are two ladies in this race that I have had my eye on.

Whilst looking through the York website, I came across a section of text which was just pure waffle, or bull**** as some would say! Here is the quote:-

‘The new York season offers many racegoers a chance to meet up with friends that they might not see over the winter. The scent of newly cut grass and freshly planted flowers around the racecourse add to the sense of new beginnings and there is a definite buzz in the air.’

Geez, turn it in! They are spreading it a bit thick there aren’t they!

Why could you not see friends over the winter? Were they locked in the back of the local shop for local people?! (Royston Vasey ©2003)

Lets hope you have not got Hay-fever with all those flowers and grass cutting….

The buzz in the air is probably wasps!

Lets go over to Newmarket, where we hope the wasps are behaving themselves!

They hold three days racing over the Rowley Mile, with most of the best races being saved for Saturdays card. This meeting will not attract the same crowd as the Guineas Festival, but they are supporting the St Nicholas Hospice, so it’s all for a good cause.

Friday’s card is back in the afternoon with their Business Day, and Saturday’s seven race card has two Listed Races and the Coral Sprint.

A nice of racing.

The Jag.

2.00 York. Izzi Top
2.30 York. Bonfire

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