Matt Chapman: I’m ready to Rock into day two of York with this improving 14/1 shot

He was a good winner at Doncaster and could still be improving for sprint king Michael Dods

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.

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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!

What do you think?