First day of the York Dante meeting today, with the undoubted highlight the return to action of star sprinter Harry Angel in the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at 3.30. Officially rated 125, this dual Group 1 winner as a 3-y-o has to give weight to all his rivals, but if the assessor is anywhere near correct, he should have no trouble doing just that. At a prohibitive 1-2 price, we can but watch.
The other Group race on the card is at 4.05, when the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes takes place, with seven 3-y-o fillies lining up for this Group3.
These events for the distaff side tend to throw up mighty improvers and official ratings can mean very little. Favourite at 5-2 is the J Gosden trained Highgarden, who reappeared to finish strongly into 3rd place behind today’s rival Give And Take when they were second and third behind Crystal Hope at Sandown. With Give And Take having a BHA rating of just 88 it is clear from the betting that these two are expected to run at least a stone above their marks and it may well be so.
However, the best 2-y-o form on offer in this race is held by Lubinka by the forgotten man Peter Chapple-Hyam. A close third behind Soliloquy (rated 109) was followed by a staying on 6th in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket, in which she was surrounded by horses rated in the high hundreds. A re-appearance win in a Lingfield maiden told us very little apart from confirming she has trained on, but at 13-2 we suggest a sporting each way bet to bustle up the big girls.
The card starts with the Sky Bet First Race Special Jorvik Handicap at 2.20 and, of course, the ‘dead eight’ has predictably become the ‘live seven’, but are we downhearted? No,no, we are not.
It just means we get ¼ odds on our recommendation, which is Now Children at 5-1. Winner of 3 from 4 in his career to date, this 4-y-o came back from a long break to win convincingly at Wolverhampton in February, going away at the finish of the 9+ furlong race. Stepping up to 12 furlongs this afternoon should eke out further improvement under Paul Mulrennan.
The 19 runner Infinity Tyres Handicap at 2.55 has given a golden opportunity to Orion’s Bow to win for the first time in over two years, courtesy of the handicapper, who has dropped this 7-y-o to half a stone below its last winning mark. A promising warm up 25 days ago should put it spot on and at 11-2 this is a must each way bet.
Right at the end of the card at 5.35 is the Oaks Farm Stables Handicap over a mile and a half with, currently, a field of 17. Two against the field looks the way to go in this, so we suggest a win bet on Reverend Jacobs at 4-1 and an each way lash at Mooltazem at 14s.
Back tomorrow for The Dante itself.
Lubinka 4.05 York e/w @ 13-2 Betbright
Now Children 2.20 York e/w @ 5-1 BetVictor
Orion’s Bow 2.55 York e/w @ 11-2 PaddyPower (5 places)
Reverend Jacobs 5.35 York win @ 4-1 Ladbrokes
Mooltazem 5.35 York e/w @ 14-1 bet365 (4 places 1-4 odds) / 12-1 SkyBet (5 places 1-5 odds)