By Cameron Hogwood
The first of three days of racing got underway today as York racecourse played host to the 2016 Dante Festival.
Jockey Frankie Dettori rode to victory on sprinter Magical Memory in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes.
The favourite before the race delivered in style in this afternoon’s group two contest with Dettori commenting on the victor while also expressing his optimism.
He told the Press Association: “You have to time it quite right with him because he gets there quick and then he stops – he thinks he’s got the job done.
He added: “If he keeps on progressing like this, he should win a Group One.”
A record £1m is up for grabs over the course of the week, marking a fifth successive rise in prize money.
Trainer Charlie Hills also commended his winner.
He said: “What has to impress you is the way he travels in his race. He always looked like he was going to win and he probably only does enough in front.”
The Great Habton handler Tim Easterby also saw his horse See The Sun win in the Infinity Tyres Stakes earlier in the day.
The North Yorkshire trainer saw the five-year-old fight off stiff competition under the guidance of jockey James Sullivan.
Easterby said: “Last year we couldn’t get him right but we just freshened him up.”
He added: “He’s a lovely little horse. I haven’t got one (a plan) but he likes this track so we’ll look at the good-money handicaps.”