Horse Racing Tips: Paddy Power’s Cheat Sheet for Day 2 of York Dante Festival

Ding, ding! Round two!

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The 2022 York Dante Festival got off to a flyer on Wednesday and we’re back for more on Thursday. The Dante Stakes takes centre stage on day two and gets underway at 15:35.

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Just like on day one, we’re back with another barrage of best bets from our prize pundits for all the action on ITV Racing today.

Once again Ruby Walsh, Matt Chapman, Jason Weaver, Rory Delargy and our racing boffins Timeform have been studying the form and crunching the numbers ahead of the second day of the Festival up on the Knavesmire.

We kick off at 13:50 with the Paddy Power ‘Making Flat Less Flat’ Handicap and Alligator Alley gets two  votes with Ruby and Jason going for David O’Meara’s charge.

There’s Group 2 action for the ladies in the Middleton Fillies’ Stakes at 14:25. Ville De Grace is proving popular and she has the backing from the esteemed duo of Jason and Matt.

And El Bodegon is the one to beat in the Dante at 15:35, according to our tipping panel. He gets three votes but Rory and Jason like Masekela as as value play in the big one.

And there are plenty of other picks to choose from across the rest of the card, read on for all you need to know….

Ruby Walsh

Matt Chapman

Jason Weaver

Rory Delargy

Timeform

Ruby Walsh

I’m a big fan of jockey Daniel Tudhope and there’s more improvement to come from his mount Alligator Alley whereas the handicapper might have Raasel’s measure.

Matt Chapman

I’m taking a chance JAWWAAL will be ready for Michael Dod and Paul Mulrennan. The seven-year-old is a decent sprint handicapper at his best and has been dropped 1lb for the start of the season

Jason Weaver

ALLIGATOR ALLEY put up a very smart return to action on the all-weather at Wolverhampton last time for the new yard and stable jockey Danny Tudhope is aboard now.

Rory Delargy

I’ve landed on Zargun for Scott Dixon. I see there’s money for Fine Wine, who’s the other Dixon runner, but I fancy Zargun over his stablemate.

Timeform

STRONG POWER has been transformed since joining Alice Haynes, scoring three times on the AW, and can race off a much lower turf mark here so is worth siding with at the forecast odds.

Ruby Walsh

Is there much scope for improvement for Thunder Kiss and Forbearance? NOON STAR beat Technique at Nottingham on her sole start this year and should improve for that run.

Matt Chapman

VILLE DE GRACE had one or two excuses for her narrow defeat at Newmarket first time this season and can run a big one.

Jason Weaver

VILLE DE GRACE went through the gears very nicely last season with two impressive wins. Second on her seasonal debut, she can pick up the winning thread again.

Rory Delargy

I don’t think there’s much between Thunder Kiss and Forbearance but the price difference is because Thunder Kiss was giving Forbearance 3lbs when they were joined at the hip at Leopardstown. I’ll side with Forbearance.

Timeform

THUNDER KISS is a likeable mare who looked like she had improved over the winter when scoring readily in a listed event at Cork on reappearance, so she’s narrowly preferred to Noon Star, who won at this meeting last season and remains an excellent prospect.

Ruby Walsh

SNASH ran really well in the Thirsk Hunt Cup but just seemed to lose his balance and suffered some interference as they got down past the furlong post. He’s a nice price and an each-way fancy.

Matt Chapman

I’ll take a chance with CRUYFF TURN as his form is not consistent. That said my hope has the perfect opportunity to bang out from stall one and make all the running to win like he did here last season.

Jason Weaver

LA TRINIDAD already has some rock-solid form in the book over this course and distance and the make up of this race looks perfect for him to get a nice mid-division sit and can be produced late in the day.

Rory Delargy

Brunch is hugely reliable and he wants a strong pace, which he’ll get. I’m also going with Whats The Story who is a course and distance winner and he’s got plenty of solid form.

Timeform

A most progressive 3-y-o handicapper, ISLA KAI produced a solid comeback effort when fourth in last month’s Spring Cup at Newbury. He has plenty about him physically to think he can rate higher still this term and earns the vote to come out on top.

Ruby Walsh

When you look down through it, the one that sticks out like a sore thumb on form is James Ferguson’s EL BODEGON. He’s already beaten the Derby favourite Stone Age. If he was trained by Godolphin or Ballydoyle, he’d be the clear favourite for this race.

Matt Chapman

EL BODEGON had a little setback not so long ago but he might just be underestimated. His Group 1 win in France last season has been given a big form boost in Ireland and he clearly stays well.

Jason Weaver

Desert Crown is tight in the market and MASEKELA could be the value play. Has some nice back form and should stay this trip.

Rory Delargy

Masekela was disappointing at Newmarket on his return this season, but lost to Eydon, who is very good. horse. He didn’t settle well that day and the rest of his form from last season has held up. He’ll sit behind the rest and could pounce late on.

Timeform

Those that dominate the market are all about potential so surely EL BODEGON represents some value having already beaten current Derby favourite Stone Age in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October.

Ruby Walsh

I’m going to take a chance on PROJECT DANTE. He had a really good run in the Norfolk at Ascot last year before his form trailed off. I’m hoping he can bounce back after a wind operation.

Matt Chapman

GET AHEAD has each-way claims here for Clive Cox and Liam Keniry. The daughter of Showcasing returned this season with a fabulous third in a big field at Bath and she did really well having ducked right at the start and got bumped.

Jason Weaver

PROJECT DANTE made a great start to his two-year-old career before his form levelled off. A recent wind operation can help him get back on track again now.

Rory Delargy

Get Ahead is a good each-way bet. She ran a blinder in the Lansdown Stakes at Bath, which was a 5f sprint, and her finish didn’t reflect how well she ran. She’s going the right way.

Timeform

With the Aidan O’Brien team in such good form it’s hard to ignore the claims of KING OF BAVARIA, who can build on an encouraging reappearance run at Navan and take his career record to 3-4.

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