This year also saw a record-breaking investment of over £8.8 million in prize money, the first £1 million Sky Bet Ebor and the opening of the new and luxuriously-impressive Premier Racing Lounge. This year, the Dante Stakes, now supported by Al Basti Equiworld Dubai promised to be the highlight of the festival and it definitely didn’t disappoint!
Telecaster stunned the crowds during the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes, as he charged towards the finish line and procured the title from last season’s champion Too Darn Hot. Frankie Dettori had the two-year-old nicely behind in fourth but when he urged Too Darn Hot to set pace, the young colt just couldn’t do enough to get past 3-year-old Telecaster, who was refusing to buckle.
On day three, it was Good Vibes, the 10-1 favourite that excited the crowds in the Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes. After a rough start, the David-Evans trained filly burst through the pack and upstaged Mighty Spirit to take the win. It was a sensational performance and now there are talks for her to make a trip to Royal Ascot!
Invincible Army proved he truly is invincible after stepping up to the Group Two level in the Duke of York Clipper Logistic Stakes on Knavesmire. The day one race, saw trainer James Tate more than pleased with the four-year-olds performance, who powered past PJ McDonald and El Astronaute to nab the win. Invincible Army continues to impress racegoers and there are high hopes for this colt, who has now been made the bookmakers favourite for Royal Ascot’s Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
So much excitement, thrill and unpredictable action! The Dante Festival is a race meeting that should be in every racegoers calendar. Racing fans are surely spoilt for action at this event, so if you missed out this year, make sure you and your friends attend the York Dante Festival in 2020!