It’s the second day of the York Dante meeting Thursday, and I’ve looked at five races in which we might be able to take a few quid off Paddy. Hear me Paddy?
The 2.10 at York is a very tricky 5f handicap. I’m going to have a few quid each way on DUKE OF FIRENZE, who is perfectly capable of winning a race like this off a mark of 90 for David Griffiths. The selection has run well the last twice and should be bang there.
The 2.40pm at York is the Group 2 Middleton Stakes for fillies and mares. JOURNEY is the class act here for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. The selection ended off last season with a cracking second to Simple Verse at Ascot.
Next up is the 3.15pm, which is the feature Classic trial in the Group 2 Dante Stakes. A bigger field than usual, and Midterm is the obvious selection as he gets better and better despite working lazily at home. However, I will have a bit each-way on CHOREOGRAPHER who could be anything for Roger Varian.
The selection was massively impressive at Windsor first time, and while this is a huge step up in class, this monster animal could be the dark horse in the race. Fingers crossed.
It’s the Listed Hambleton Stakes over 1m at 3.45pm. I like LORD OF THE ROCK for Michael Dods, who has gone up just 5lb for a good win at Doncaster first time out this season. He could be still open to more improvement.
Finally, I took a look at the 2.25pm at Salisbury, a near 1m 2f handicap. I’ll be backing the Clive Cox-trained ZEEHAN, who looked like a sure fire winner in the near future when running on strongly in defeat last time. This could be her moment.
So best of luck. I want more Yeeehaaas!