Day Two of the York festival features the eponymous race at 3.30, when 9 3-y-os contest the Betfred Dante Stakes, a Group 2 over one and a quarter miles of the Knavesmire.
Favourite for the race is the John Gosden trained Roaring Lion, last seen finishing fifth in the 2000 Guineas just 12 days ago and it’s a big ask to expect him to perform at his peak after so short a break.
We prefer the chances of Mildenberger, trained by Mark Johnston, who was responsible for last year’s winner Permian. Named (presumably) after the first southpaw to fight for the World Heavyweight title, this son of Teofilio tuned up for today by winning the Listed Fielden Stakes at Newmarket, looking for all money that the step up in trip this afternoon will really suit. With the fast(ish) ground likely to enhance his prospects, we recommend an each way bet at 4-1.
The proceedings begin with a 19 runner, 5f sprint handicap – so good luck with that one.
The real racing begins at 2.55 with the Group 2 Betfred Middleton Stakes, over the Dante trip and the trip may be the key to this race.
Favourite Coronet contested the St Leger last season and plied her trade otherwise over at least 12 furlongs, so the drop back to 10 doesn’t look an obvious plus.
With ground and trip spot on for Mori, however, we can suggest a win bet on Sir Michael‘s charge at 5-2.
The Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap at 4.05 sees the return to action of the Brian Ellison trained Baraweez, last seen nutting our each way pick Gossiping at Chester. This return to form of an historically very well handicapped horse was long overdue, but, off just 1lb higher today, it should be backed to follow up, each way, at 5-1.
The card closes with the Investec Wealth Handicap at 5.35, otherwise known as the ‘Getting Out Stakes’ and, if things have gone horribly wrong, all is not lost as this race includes our strongest bet of the day.
October Storm won a course and distance handicap on its last run of 2017 and warmed up for this with a ‘tender’ staying on 6th at Thirsk at the end of April. John Egan was aboard for the CD win and he is back on top today, so, dear readers, slam into this at 3-1.
You won’t regret it.
Mildenberger 3.30 York e/w @ 4-1 Ladbrokes
Mori 2.55 York win @ 5-2 Coral
Baraweez 4.05 York e/w @ 5-1 William Hill
October Storm 5.35 York win @ 3-1 10Bet