Cubanita’s win over Sajjhaa has been franked in spectacular style since and there should plenty more to come on her second run over 1m2f, whilst Ryan Moore can continue his run of winners on the Knavesmire aboard Fort Bastion.
York 1:45 Cherowee @ 9/1
A fiercely competitive affair in which last year’s podium placers all return for more. The 2012 winner Judge ‘N’ Jury is definitely one to keep on-side, with a record of two wins and a second from five runs at a track where he’s yet to finish worse than fifth.
However the selection is Cherowee, who scored on her return from a 205-day absence at Windsor recently. David Elsworth’s sprinter was given a sympathetic ride on her comeback, but still got up to win and should improve for that showing – with the majority of the pace drawn inside her she should get a good pull into the contest.
York 2:15 Cubanita @ 7/2
Beckett has been having a fine time of it with the fairer sex recently thanks to Oaks trials winners Talent and Secret Gesture and he can continue the winning knack with Cubanita. The four-year-old opened her account over this trip at the first time of asking when signing off last season with a Doncaster win.
Sajjhaa, whom she beat into second that day, went on to scoop braces of Group 2s, then Group 1s at Medyan in a glorious four timer subsequently. As a result, Cubanita’s Town Moor triumph looks a worthy piece of form and with only six races on the clock she has scope for improvement.
York 2:45 Windhoek @ 9/2
On ratings the Dante looks by far the strongest of the Derby trials so far with five protagonists rated over 100. Windhoek – the only unbeaten colt in the field – has already bested rivals Greatwood and Ghurair this season, a performance that shocked trainer Mark Johnston, who had expected him to strip a great deal fitter for the experience.
Aidan O’Brien seems to have a never-ending supply of Derby contenders, with five of the first seven in the Derby betting currently quartered at Ballydoyle. Indian Chief looks another to fear, but the selection’s race-fitness edge could well prove crucial.
York 3:15 Fort Bastion @ 6/1
On the first day of the Dante Meeting First Mohican proved that top weight is no barrier to handicap success if you’re a lightly raced sort with progression up your sleeve and Fort Bastion can repeat the dose on his first start for Ed Dunlop. A winner of both his three-year-old starts, he teams up with Knavemsire rider par-excellence Moore, who has already recorded a treble at the meeting.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.