Sun shines on York’s opening day of the season

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THE sun shone on York Racecourse on Wednesday for the opening day of the top-class three-day Betfred Dante meeting which swung into gear backed by impressive new facilities and record-breaking prize-money on the Knavesmire.

Wednesday’s fixture provided lift off following a record investment of over £1m in prize money, and the unveiling of the Northern End Development featuring the new Moët Pavilion alongside a new Weighing Room, and Owner’s welcome building.

Lydia Luu aged 3 from Leeds, is pictured with her Mum Jun Cai and her dad Steve Luu cheering on a winner in the first race of the Dante Festival at York. (Simon Hulme)

Lydia Luu aged 3 from Leeds, is pictured with her Mum Jun Cai and her dad Steve Luu cheering on a winner in the first race of the Dante Festival at York. (Simon Hulme)

Huge crowds are expected to flock to all three-days of the meeting at which the feature race - the Betfred Dante - is staged on Wednesday afternoon and features ante-post Derby favourite Jack Hobbs.

Prize money over the three days of the Dante Festival has risen by £75,000, with all of the feature Group contests receiving a boost.