Latest news for day one of the Dante meeting as Tasleet misses the Duke of York
This is a good week to be a racing fan. Not only does York's Dante festival – one of the premier meetings at one of Britain's finest racecourses – commence this afternoon, but Harry Angel, the highest-rated sprinter in the world in 2017, is back.
Described as a 'once-in-a-lifetime horse' by trainer Clive Cox, the blisteringly fast Harry Angel provides a large sprinkle of stardust on a quality card.
The dual Group 1 winner faces five rivals in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes (3.30) – last year's winner Tasleet misses out – the highlight on the first of what promises to be three great days of racing on the Knavesmire.
York, with the first four races broadcast on ITV4, is undoubtedly the premier fixture, but there's also plenty to enjoy elsewhere, with Yarmouth and Newton Abbot providing the supporting action in the afternoon before attention turns to Bath, Punchestown and Perth in the evening.
Newton Abbot (first race 2.00)
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick: 6.7 on Tuesday at 6am) Impact of rail movement on distances: race 1 add approx 54 yards, race 2 & 6 add approx 49 yards, race 3 & 5 add approx 45 yards, race 4 add approx 42 yards, race 7 adds approx 36 yards
Good to firm (GoingStick: 7.9 on Wednesday at 7am)
Good to firm (GoingStick: 7.5 on Wednesday at 07.30)
Impact of rail movement on distances: races 1, 4 and 7 plus 32 yards
Firm (GoingStick 9.8 on Wednesday at 6.30am)
Stalls: 5f & 5.5f - Centre; 1m, 1m2f and 1m3f - Inside; 1m5f and 1m6f Outside
Good to Soft, good in places (GoingStick: 6.6 on Tuesday at 8am)
Impact of rail movement on distances: race 1 add 42 yards, races 2 and 3 add 36 yards, races 4,5,6 and 7 add 58 yards
Iconic Belle 13-2 (from 7)
Newton Abbot 3.10
Lets Go Dutchess 9-1 (from 11)
Montague 14-1 (from 18)
What to back
Adam Maidment makes a case for two horses worth backing at double-figure prices at York.
Maddy Playle, Tom Segal and Nick Watts debate the best bets for York this week
What to read
Fresh from leading the ITV Racing team to a Bafta award for its Grand National coverage, the channel's director of sport Niall Sloane has called for racing to demystify its language in order to attract a bigger audience to television and the racecourse.
If you're hoping to find some winners at York this week our extensive range of previews might help. Here's an in-depth look at the Musidora Stakes, which could provide some pointers to the Oaks.
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