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Varian wildcard a Dante day eyebrow raiser at York

| 11.05.2016

The second day of York’s Dante meeting brings us the feature race of the get together live on Channel 4, the Dante Stakes.

Last year’s edition saw the emergence of subsequent Derby and Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn and this year Sir Michael Stoute’s Midterm is the hot favourite.

Here are three bets to consider across the day’s TV contests.

Remember it’s Money Back if 2nd or 3rd to the SP Favourite on all Channel 4 races!*

Nap – Journey – 14:40

Frankie Dettori reminded all present of his mastery of the Knavesmire with a hat-trick yesterday and two of those winners were readied by John Gosden.

The pair join forces with the highest-rated horse in the race and had next-best-assessed Beautiful Romance behind on identical terms in a Group 1 over 2f further on Champions Day last season.

Back at 1m2f, a trip at which she’s scored in two of her three attempts, there’s absolutely no excuse to stop believing.

NB – Choreographer – 15:15

A chopsy move by Roger Varian, pitching a once-raced colt into the Dante, all the more so given he saddled 13 runners at York last term without a single winner in return.

The sport of kings’ answer to Joe 90 must have a good deal of belief in this son of Sea The Stars, who was purchased for a hefty €850,000 as a yearling.

Landed his maiden not much more than fortnight ago over this trip with the minimum of fuss.

Lively Longshot – Alfred Hutchinson – 15:45

If the sight of a David O’Meara handicapper at a big meeting doesn’t elicit a Pavlovian punting response by now you must have been living under a rock.

Alfred Hutchinson won this last year for Geoffrey Oldroyd off 8lbs lower and only failed to add another course and distance success by a short head to Chil The Kite in August off 96.

Having raced just once to date for the gifted O’Meara, finishing an encouragingly-close fifth to a foe now rated 6lbs higher, he could well find the improvement to score off 100, a career-high mark.

*Money Back 2nd and 3rd to the SP favourite in any Channel 4 races with 8+ runners. Money Back 2nd if 5-7 runners. Click here for full Terms and Conditions.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Thomas Reynolds