York Dante Festival: Friday’s Racecard and Paddy’s pals’ top tips

Are you ready for the third and final day of the Dante Festival at York?


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Epsom Oaks prospect Snow Lantern is one of the star runners on the third and final day of the Dante Festival at York. Trainer Richard Hannon plans to use this afternoon’s Michael Seely Memorial listed race as a guide for the rest of the season. Elsewhere on Friday’s card, the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup Stakes boasts a high-quality field with Sir Ron Priestley heading the five runners.

You’ll find Friday’s schedule in full and Paddy Power pundits’ best bets below but if you fancy a detailed look at all the runners and riders in the seven races then scoot on over to our excellent Racecards page.

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Friday’s Races at York

13:40: Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes (Listed) – 13 Runners, Class 1, 5f

Matt Chapman – Crazyland

“Hector Crouch takes the ride and he’s in form as well!”

Mick Fitzgerald – Crazyland

“She sets a pretty good standard here having won very nicely at Windsor.”

14:10: Oaks Farm Stables Fillies’ Stakes (Registered As The Michael Seely Memorial) (Listed) – 8 Runners, Class 1, 7f 192y

Matt Chapman – Love Is You

“I’m hoping Love Is You is miles better than she showed at Newmarket first time this season.”

Mick Fitzgerald – Snow Lantern

“With a little juice in the ground, she has to be the one to back.”

14:40: Matchbook ‘Best Value’ Exchange Handicap – 12 Runners, Class 2, 1m 2f 56y

Matt Chapman – Fishable

“David Allan takes the mount and any juice in the ground will be no issue.”

Mick Fitzgerald – Makram

“Stepping up in trip here will really suit him.”

15:10: Matchbook Yorkshire Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champion Series) – 5 Runners, Class 1, 1m 5f 188y

Matt Chapman – Nayef Road

“My hope was far from disgraced behind Stradivarius at Ascot last time and that should have blown away the cobwebs.”

Mick Fitzgerald – Nayef Road

“He can beat his stablemate Sir Ron Priestley and Santiago.”

15:40: Jigsaw Sports Branding Handicap – 20 Runners, Class 4, 7f

Matt Chapman – Shawaamekh

“The Born to Sea offspring has won three races in his career and has to been disgraced at Chester a couple of times recently.”

Mick Fitzgerald – Star Shield

“He has run well off this mark at this track over a mile and dropping back to 7f I don’t think will be a problem.”

16:15: Yorkshire Equine Practice Handicap – 13 Runners, Class 3, 5f

Timeform – Hey Mr

“He beat his old rival Imperium Blue in good style when landing a Nottingham nursery in October and a 5lb rise almost certainly underestimates him.”

16:50: Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Handicap – 11 Runners, Class 4, 1m 3f 188y

Timeform – Kondo Isami

“Mark Johnston has captured the past two runnings of this handicap and he looks to have a strong hand once again.”

How can I watch the York Dante Festival?

You can catch the final day of action from York thanks to Paddy Power’s completely free live streaming service. You don’t even have to place a bet to watch.

All you have to do is head to paddypower.com, log in, find the race and you’re away. If you’re viewing on mobile then download the Paddy Power app and sign up or log in.

If you want to watch on your telly box then you’ll have to tune in to ITV4, who are broadcasting five races on the card. The coverage gets underway at 13.30 and Ed Chamberlin and the gang will be on air until 16.00.

Paddy has been sponsoring ITV Racing’s excellent live coverage since January 1.

What’s the going at York Racecourse?

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