York Dante Festival – Day 3
Another cracker yesterday, big prices going in all over the shop. I fully hope everyone was on the 14/1 tipped up Here Comes When that bolted up under Oisin Murphy for and Andrew Balding…
The 2.20 5 Furlong Listed sprint race starts things off on Day 3 and as many races are at York it’s an extremely competitive affair. This contest has got a bundle of debut winners on show and the one I like is one that I actually backed on her debut win in Formidable Kitt (4/1) for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote. She won well that day at Newmarket and quickened impressively at the end and her pedigree suggests there is certainly more to come. French raider Kentish Waltz (9/1) could be an each way selection worth considering also, she won quite impressively on her sole start at Chantilly.
The 2.55 is another listed contest this time over a mile and it’s headed by Dancing Breeze for John Gosden and William Buick. This one has a got a good pedigree and made a very promising debut for the top yard, it looks as though she’ll certainly be there or thereabouts here again. One you could take him on with on form though is On Her Toes (4/1) for William Haggas and Ryan Moore. She’s got the form to her name winning a listed event and a placed in a Group 3 last term and looks as though she’ll stay this trip.
Feature race now in the 3.30 Group 2 Yorkshire Cup and this is an absolute belter. Top class performers all round in this and you could make a case for almost all of them. The one to beat is certainly market leader Dartmouth for Sir Michael Stoute, Ryan Moore and of course The Queen, three group race victories to his name last term on a variety of different surfaces and looks sure to be in the thick of it again here. Muntahaa for John Gosden was impressive when taking a Group 3 contest last time out and looks one with still more progression in him, champion jockey Jim Crowley rides. Simple Verse is one of my favourites and her win in the Group 2 Park Hall at Doncaster last season was quite possibly my performance of the season last year, a repeat of that would obviously see her go close again. A win for last year’s winner Clever Cookie would take the roof off of here and it isn’t completely ruled out despite him looking to be slightly on the decline. Crimean Tatar was a decent fourth on his reappearance in a Group 3 last time after ending last season with a win in a listed contest, he looks to have more progression in him. Endless Time for Charlie Apppleby has Group 1 form to his name when second in a couple of contests over in France and is generally a very consistent sort. Marmelo for Hughie Morrison has a victory in a Group 3 in France and placed efforts to his name and High Jinx is coming here on the back of a big lay off for Tim Easterby. You could go on and on here about the quality on show but i’ll have to just about narrow it down and go for a Dartmouth (10/3) victory and Endless Time (6/1) each way. A belting contest though of which pretty much any one of the line could go in. Enjoy.