Wednesday sees the start of the big festivals at York for the 2015 flat season and to kick us off we have Dante Festival. The Knavesmire has been home to many winners that have risen to prominence after winning the Dante and this year’s festival winners will be the ones to watch as we head into Royal Ascot.
Dettori to Star on Opening Day
The Tattersalls Musidora Stakes is the highlight race on the opening day of the Dante Festival. Open only to three-year-old fillies, it has been a race that has kick-started the career of horses such as The Fugue.
Winning the races twice in the early 2010s, trainer John Gosden is looking to Star of Seville to give him a useful winner at York.
Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the three-year-old won her last two outings at Doncaster by a combined nine and half lengths.
A short price for the race, her form is more than good enough to make her the favourite.
Priced at 1.80, Star of Seville looks the one to beat.
Fahey In To Win The Conundrum HR Consulting Stakes
Richard Fahey heads into the Dante Festival at York with an impressive weekend of racing behind him that includes winners at Thirsk and Nottingham.
His challenger for the Conundrum HR Consulting Stakes is Intiwin and his high price shouldn’t put the punters off.
The three-year-old fought hard on his last outing at Ripon to take the victory and favours the ground of the Knavesmire course.
Ridden by Jack Garritty, Intiwin is our best bet priced runner at 13.00.
Bet of the Day
York 14:40 Pipers Note
The Infinity Tyre stakes is the second race of the Dante Festival and has a habit of being won by high priced winners. Trainer Richard Whitaker will be hoping that the trend continues and looks to Pipers Note to hand his stable a victory.
The five-year-old has two impressive victories at Ripon and Beverley under his belt and will be hoping to continue this form and bag a hat-trick of successes.
Ridden by George Chaloner, Pipers Note is priced at 13.00.