York Dante Festival 2018 Preview. Day 1. (16/05/2018)

Wednesday 16th May 2018

The Dante Festival is upon us this week another three days of top class Flat racing action and it comes from the truly outstanding racecourse that is York.

We’re certainly likely to see some stars emerge here and put their names firmly in the picture for the big contests throughout the summer.

Here’s my views on Day One…


Hamada (5/2) (Jockey: W Buick – Trainer: C Appleby)

(Won very nicely last day at Wolverhampton for all conquering yard and should have more to offer here from a five pound rise.)



Orions Bow (9/2) (Jockey: D Allan – Trainer: T Easterby)

(Made a nice return when third over five furlongs at Pontefract the last day and is off a very handy mark here. No surprise if a bold showing is put on.)



Duke Of York Clipper Logistic Stakes (Class 1) (Group 2)

Harry Angel if on top form will likely be hard to beat here but he’s odds on so i’m going to try and take him on here and i’m going to do that with BRANDO for Kevin Ryan.

He was very impressive on his reappearance run the last day in a Group 3 at Newmarket when winning in smart style. He’s prone to the odd bad run as we saw in this contest last year but at the prices i’m willing to try and take the favourite on with him.

Brando (4/1) (Jockey: T Eaves – Trainer: K Ryan)



Musidora Stakes (Class 1) (Group 2)

Highgarden (5/2) (Jockey: L Dettori – Trainer: J H M Gosden)

(Yard have a fine record in this race with John Gosden taking four of the last six renewals. Highgarden was disappointing the last day when beaten at odds on into third however she’s likely to be a lot more tuned up for this and could go very close.)



Queens Sargent (8/1) (E/W) (Jockey: S Gray – Trainer: K A Ryan)

(Ran well here last year and made a good start to this campaign with win on reappearance the last day, could well feature once again here.)



Delft Dancer (9/1) (E/W) (Jockey: J Crowley – Trainer: M Johnston)

(Showed a game attitude to win the last day at Nottingham when seeing off a potentially smart sort, this is tougher but yard produces tough sorts and this one could well be up that street.)



Zeelander (11/4) (Jockey: A Atzeni – Trainer: R Varian)

(Very well bred sort and got off the mark after the fourth attempt when last seen, likely to come on again this season and go close here for powerful connections.)


NAP: Hamada – 2.20

NB: Zeelander – 5.35



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