York Dante Festival: Thursday’s Racecard and Paddy pundits’ top tips

Who are Paddy's pals backing on day two at York?


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The second day on the Knavesmire should offer punters one final clue ahead of next month’s Epsom Derby. High Definition – the son of Galileo and trained by Aidan O’Brien – is one of 11 declared runners for the Group 2 Dante Stakes, which serves as the final major trial for the world’s greatest flat race.

There are six more races on Thursday’s schedule and you’ll find the times and our experts’ top tips below. If you’d like a more complete browse all of the runners and riders at York then why not visit our superb Racecards feature.

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Thursday’s Races at York

13:40: Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap – 18 Runners, Class 2, 5f

Matt Chapman – Jawwaal

“He has form at this track and has always been a talented handicapper having once been in the care of John Gosden.”

14:10: Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Fillies’ Stakes (Group 2) – 6 Runners, Class 1, 1m 2f 56y

Matt Chapman – Queen Power

“The King Power horse was a decent second in the Dahlia stakes at Newmarket last time and that form looks pretty strong.”

14:40: Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap – 15 Runners, Class 2, 7f 192y

Frank Hickey – King Ottokar

“Conditions look sure to suit with rain forecast so that’s a positive.”

Matt Chapman – Kynren (E/W)

“I thought the David Barron inmate was a real eyecatcher at Chester last week and it might well be that he can get in the mix here over a trip that is fine and off a handicap mark that is workable.”

15:10: Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes (Group 2) – 11 Runners, Class 1, 1m 2f 56y

Paddy Power – Alenquer

“He’ll be a decent price and this could be his Derby.”

Matt Chapman – Royal Champion (E/W)

“This is a horse held in high regard and he didn’t do much wrong on his seasonal debut when third at Newmarket.”

15:40: British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes (Listed) – 9 Runners, Class 1, 5f

Matt Chapman – Acklam Express

“My selection is already a three time winner and although his last two runs have come over 6f I don’t think the drop back to 5f will be a problem.”

16:15: Constant Security ebfstallions.com Maiden Stakes (GBB Race) – 13 Runners, Class 2, 6f

Timeform – Albahr

“He makes obvious appeal on paper and represents a yard that get plenty of first-time-out winners.”

16:50: Autohorn Handicap – 12 Runners, Class 3, 2m 56y

Timeform – Polish

“A mark of 76 on the level looks attractive given his subsequent improvement over hurdles and he has a capable claimer taking a further 3lb off.”

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What’s the going at York Racecourse?

The latest report has the Official Going at York Racecourse as Good to Soft, Good in places. 

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