York horse racing odds and tips: Friday 18 May

Bonfire set the Knavesmire alight on Thursday when winning the Dante Stakes and the 3/1 winner will now be prepared for the Derby next month where he is sure to take some beating

It has been an exciting Dante Festival at York and the final day of racing continues to ooze quality thanks to the presence of races such as the Yorkshire Cup and the Michael Seely Memorial Stakes, taking place at 2:30 and 3:00 respectively.

Channel 4 will be televising four races on the final day of the meeting starting at 1:30 with the Langleys Solicitors LLP E B F Marygate Fillies´ Stakes, while the Sportingbet Jorvik Stakes will also be a competitive heat.

Sportingbet Yorkshire Cup 2:30
Eight horses are entered for this Group 2 contest over 1 mile 6 furlongs and six of them have run recently, with question marks over how Be Fabulous and Times Up will perform considering this is their seasonal re-appearance.

Harris Tweed is the current favourite at 7/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) and the five-year-old demonstrated he was in excellent nick at Newbury last month when obliging as the 6/4 winner although the William Haggas-trained charge faces a tougher race this time around.

Indeed, this looks like a wide open contest and Arctic Cosmos looks a decent each-way shout at 5/1 (William Hill) having won at Kempton on the soft ground before disappointing in that Harris Tweed victory race. We know that this horse has plenty of class and the going should suit.

Be Fabulous comes into the race after a long lay-off, although three consecutive wins capped off last season in style and the Godolphin charge is open to improvement in 2012, while the same can be said of Red Cadeaux.

The ED Dunlop runner in the race is a classy animal and that was in evidence when running second to Colour Vision on the all-weather at Kempton at the start of the month.

Blue Bajan is an old timer who has already run twice this season and the 10-year-old has run at this course on several occasions, while Times Up is the only horse in the race that has won course and distance.

Michael Seely Memorial Stakes 3:00
A three-year-old contest to follow the excitement of the Yorkshire Cup and Lily’s Angel is likely to start favourite despite finishing seventh last time out, with the 1000 Guineas about as tough as you can get and we should remember that the Irish raider was a 50/1 chance.

Indeed, that race has some decent form when you consider that The Fugue was 4th in the Guineas and that horse ran very well on Wednesday, with Laugh Out Loud also set to run a big race after finishing just behind Lily’s Angel.

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