York Races kicks off the 2017 Racing Season

May sees the Dante festival opening the 2017 calendar at York Races. There are a number of races on consecutive days and this promises to be a fantastic event early in the racing calendar. Wednesday 17 May 2017 is the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes Thursday 18 May 2017 is the Betfred Dante Stakes Friday 19 May 2017 is the Betway Yorkshire Cup Kick the summer off in style with a day at York races, the scent of freshly cut grass and the scent of flowers add to the sense of a new start to the racing year with the excitement it brings. Gates open at 11:15 on all three days with the first race at 14:20. The Dante Festival has more than £1 million in prize money available making it a showcase event for those participating. For those of you interested in the roots of the event, it is named after Dante, the winner trained in Yorkshire of the Derby substitute at Newmarket in 1945. The current race grading system was introduced in 1971, and the Dante Stakes initially held Group 3 status. It was promoted to Group 2 level in 1980. In total, ten winners of this race have gone on to win in the Derby. The first was St Paddy in 1960, with the most recent being Golden Horn in 2015. The 2014 Dante Stakes winner, The Grey Gatsby, went on to win France's equivalent of the Derby, the Prix du Jockey-Club while the 2015 runner-up, Jack Hobbs, won the Irish Derby.

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