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York Dante Meeting – Thursday 17th May 2018

Blog results from yesterday included 5/2 and 4/1 winners as well as 10/1 and 33/1 placed horses so a very nice day from the six races I put up horses in, hopefully more of the same on day two! This is my favourite day of the meeting, and we’ve every chance of seeing plenty of special horses thoughout the day.

Here’s my thoughts for day two….


On the face of it the opener looks to be a tough sprint handicap to solve, but when digging deeper there is a real standout here and a horse I fancy strongly. The horse is El Astronaute, a horse who has ran twice so far this season, placing on both occasions and on both times he had a terrible draw to overcome. Hopefully York this week has no draw bias, which looks to be the case and this could be his time to strike. He started the season off at Pontefract, finishing 2nd in a very hot handicap from staill 14, the outside of the lot. He was beaten by Foolad that day, who finished 2nd in a handicap on day one of this meeting, so that form has been franked. Poyle Vinnie, Holmeswood and Edward Louis were all behind the selection that day, and even if they all come on for their runs, they had better draws than El Astronaute and still couldn’t beat him. Last week we saw El Astronaute at Chester, where he was again given a bad draw out in stall 9. He still managed to finish 3rd that day with the bad draw and I often like horses who run well at Chester from a bad draw next time out. He’s 9/1 as I write this, and looks to have a great chance assuming that the track is even as it looks, he is probably my strongest fancy of the day given his price, I think he will lead and hopefully not get caught.


I like Coronet a lot, but I’m sure her future lies over further than this trip, she needs 1m4f as a minimum and I don’t think she will have the tactical speed to win this. I’m thinking and hoping that Chain Of Daisies gets the uncontested lead that I think she will, and if that is the case then I fancy her to nick this from the front. She won from the front when we last saw her in a Newmarket listed race after getting the run of the race, here’s hoping that happens again. She may not be the best horse in this race, but if she is fully wound up and ready to go on her seasonal debut, I think this race will be exactly what she needs to succeed and at 6/1 she is worth chancing against a couple of nice fillies in Coronet and Mori.


I think this will turn out to be a very good renewal of the Dante, and by my reckoning six of the nine runners appear capable of running in group races over this kind or trip or further over the coming weeks, and they look sure to make their mark. There is a ton of good form on show, the best recent form that has been franked is that of Crossed Baton. He won over this trip at Epsom beating My Lord And Master and Dee Ex Bee who both finished 2nd in good races at Chester last week. Roaring Lion hasn’t looked as good this year as he did last season, but he looks sure to improve for the step up in trip and that is likely to bring him into the equation in this, while Mildenberger is another who is going to enjoy the step up in trip and he represents the winning connections from last season. White Mocha has nice form behind Masar, and Nordic Lights beat a subsequent winner last time out. That is five of the six horses I think will do well this season, the final one is Wells Farhh Go. He is a very interesting runner and at the prices he will be the pick for me, hoping that he can give local trainer Tim Easterby a huge success at a course he likes a lot. He ran twice over seven furlongs and won both starts last season, interestingly they both came at this track so he knows his way around this place for sure. The form of those two victories looks to be very good, and with the step up in trip looking like it will bring out the very best in him, at 13/2 he is worth a punt in what looks to be a fantastic race. I’m not going big here, the race is full of special horses but Wells Farhh Go appears to be the one offering most value.


This looks wide open and includes Original Choice, a horse who I like and one who I think will continue progressing throughout the season. However, I like the look of Larchmont Lad dropping down to handicap company off 106. He has a lot of weight to shoulder, but deserves it after some good runs last season and a nice reappearance when finishing 4th in a group three last month. I think it’s interesting to see him back down in handicaps, and his trainer certainly knows the time of day and how to get wins into horses. Danny Tudhope chooses to ride out of the three David O’Meara has in the race, and at 12/1 he looks worth a punt in the hope he can do something off this mark.


A fascinating race with many to consider. I think Main Desire is the most interesting runner in the race, she is held in very high regard and we have only seen her twice, where she won both starts as a two year old with the last coming in a listed race at this meeting. She could be up to this, but my thoughts are that she will need to the run and certainly won’t be rushed back this season, but I am looking forward to seeing what she can do after we have seen her run a couple of times. A few of the Aidan O’Brien runners have needed their first runs this season, so that puts me off Declarationofpeace slightly, but he has to be respected and could come into his own as he grows older. Hey Jonesy has some nice form in the book but I’m not sure this drop back to five furlongs is what he wants. After ruling those out, the preference is for Roussel who has the benefit of a run and is sure to come on a lot from that. That was his first run since July last year, and at 6/1 he represents value in a race where a lot of runners appear to have slight question marks over them.


Nothing to speak about here, but certainly a race worth watching. I’ve noticed a gamble already on the Godolphin runner, someone clearly thinks something of that horse.


In the last of the day Kajaki interests me back up in trip after a nice reappearance over a trip too short. That was 1m4f but after seeing him win over further last season there is no doubt that he stays this far. He should come on for the run at Thirsk and for the step back up in distance, both of those together put him right in the mix here for me. He won easily off 79 at Chester last September over 1m6f, staying on very strongly towards the end of the race. He comes here off 83 and should be competitive off that mark with his reappearance putting him spot on for today for his in form trainer.


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