Day 1 of the York Dante meeting (named in honour of the Brazilian footballer – no, not really) starts today, with the major race at 4.05, the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes, which has attracted a field of just 5 runners.
Long odds on favourite for this is the Johnny G trained filly Shutter Speed at a best price of 1-2 and on all known form this daughter of Dansili should oblige. A winner of a Yarmouth maiden in her only run at two, Shutter Speed reappeared at Newbury last month and comfortable beat her stablemate Enable, who went on to turn over Alluringly in the Cheshire Oaks. Interestingly, the trainer is expressing reservations about the ground conditions at York, where it is already Good to Soft with plenty more of the wet stuff forecast before the race takes place. This is a race to watch, not to bet in.
The other Group race on the card is the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at 3.30, over 6 furlongs. Favourite at 5-2 for this 13 runner affair is Kevin Ryan’s Brando (named after…forget that, as well). This may seem a skinny price for what is a highly competitive event, but come 3.32pm it may look generous.
‘Marlon’ did nothing except improve last season, putting in a tremendous performance to win the Ayr Gold Cup off a mark of 110, before finishing 3rd to The Tin Man in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot last October. Drawn on the wrong part of the track that day, Brando can reoppose with a 5lb pull today and showed its continual well being by winning the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket last month, on ground that was unsuitably quick. Everything is in place today for further success and a lumpy punt is recommended.
As a saver, also have a small e/w bet on the Richard Hannon trained Tupi at a juicy 14-1. A winner over a mile as a 3-y-o, this Tamayuz gelding is being re-invented as a sprinter this season and could surprise.
Today’s proceedings are top and tailed by two fierce looking handicaps, but having pinpointed the winners of both big handicaps on Saturday, I can’t resist.
The Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap at 2.20 just has the 20 runners going to post, but there may be a well-in ‘lurker’ in this race in the shape of Repercussion, trained by Charlie Fellowes. Four races in France last season, when trained by Andre Fabre (never out of the first two), this 4-y-o stayed on takingly on stable debut to be 6th of 13 in a mile handicap at Newmarket and the step up to ten furlongs today should be right up the horse’s rue, as should the forecast soft ground. With the stable in blinding form, the 8-1 available should be taken each way.
Can’t leave this race without recommending a tiny each way stake on dear old Awake My Soul at 33-1. 3rd and 4th in the past two runnings of this race and now with Tom Tate, you can betcha life he has done his very best to get the 8-y-o in prime condition for a third go.
The York Data Services Internet Cloud Solutions Handicap (snappy, eh?) at 5.35 just has 19 runners, so that’s easy, then. Two stand out against the field as potentially well handicapped, both making seasonal debuts. Clearly a risky proposition betting in this race, but, if you must, try St Malo at 13-2 and Richie McCaw at 8-1.
Back tomorrow with a Dante review.