York Dante Festival: Wednesday’s racecard and our experts’ top tips

It's day one of the Dante Festival at York.


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York’s Dante Festival begins with a bang as hotly-fancied Epsom Oaks prospects Noon Star and Teona clash in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes – one of the features on the seven-race card.

Paddy Power News has rounded up Wednesday’s schedule and our experts’ top tips but if you’d like a detailed look at all of the runners and riders then why not head over to our snazzy Racecards page.

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Wednesday’s Races at York

13:40: Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Jorvik Handicap – 16 Runners, Class 2, 1m 3f 188y

Frank Hickey – Luigi Vampa (E/W)

“He appears to have improved over the winter and won on his reappearance at Windsor over just shy of 12f.”

Jason Weaver – Throne Hall

“Given the galloping nature of this track, he should find a rhythm much easier and from a good stall position can just track the pace and use that long smooth stride late on.”

Matt Chapman – Throne Hall

“My selection started off this season with a good win at Doncaster and I have no doubt this trip is no issue.”

14:10: Churchill Tyres Handicap – 19 Runners, Class 2, 6f

Frank Hickey – Woven

“A little over a year ago he won a 7f handicap at Meydan off 93, so has definite claims off a mark of 90 if building on the stable debut.”

Jason Weaver – Magical Spirit

“His reappearance was an excellent effort considering the ground would’ve been far too fast for his liking and with the weather forecast looking as if we’re going to get some ease in the ground he has lots in his favour.”

14:40: Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes (Group 2) – 12 Runners, Class 1, 6f

Frank Hickey – Art Power

“He strikes me as one that could improve again at four years old, particularly when getting ground with some juice in.”

Jason Weaver – Oxted

“Ryan Moore knows him well after an initial experience on him last time.”

Matt Chapman – Oxted

“The trip and ground are ideal, and this time Ryan Moore will know him a little bit better.”

15:10: Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3) – 8 Runners, Class 1, 1m 2f 56y

Frank Hickey – Noon Star

“You get the impression from that run that there is far more to come from Noon Star and she is bred to be exceptional.”

Jason Weaver – Teona

“With the team looking to hold strong chances in both classics in early June, she will want to rubber-stamp her credentials on this occasion.”

Matt Chapman – Teona

“She’s bred for the green stuff and looked a real monster when winning on her second start.”

15:40: Sky Bet Handicap – 12 Runners, Class 3, 7f

Jason Weaver – Rifleman

“They don’t want to risk Ryan Moore having another tumble with such good racing coming up but it can prove just a blip in his career and with the blinkers on for the first time, Kieran O’Neill can steer him home to a well-earned success.”

Matt Chapman – Northern Express

“He’s been tried over further for Michael Dods in his last couple of starts in a light career.”

16:15: British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (GBB Race) – 8 Runners, Class 3, 5f

Timeform – Jadhlaan

“An interesting novice event in which the betting could prove informative as the ones with experience don’t set an exacting standard.”

16:50: Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap – 20 Runners, Class 4, 1m 3f 188y

Timeform – Flyin’ Solo

“David Menuisier’s upwardly mobile colt is taken to follow up with this even longer trip sure to suit him really well.”

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