Start of summer is odds-on at York races – The Yorkshire Post says

For many, today's opening meeting at York marks the start official start of summer.
For many, today's opening meeting at York marks the start official start of summer.
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LEAVING ASIDE the perennial debate about whether the astronomical – or meteorological – official start of summer should take precedence in the annual calendar, only one date matters to racing devotees here and it is the start of the 2019 Dante Festival.

With warm weather to match the quality of racing taking place on York’s historic Knavesmire, the summer season will be under starter’s orders when the 18 runners contesting the opening race at 1.50pm are greeted by loud cheers from the packed stands and all those watching the engaging coverage on ITV4.

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Yet this eagerly-awaited meeting, named after the last locally-trained horse to win the Derby, still Flat racing’s ultimate prize, is not just a great sporting occasion.

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Uniquely, fixtures at York also celebrate the best of Yorkshire hospitality and fashion – and this summer will be no expectation with further improvements to spectator facilities reflecting the racecourse’s ambitions on and off the track.