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Dante Day tips and views from and Charlie McCann

Dante Day tips and views from and Charlie McCann The Gp 2 Dante Stakes is the feature race of York’s three-day May meeting and is widely regarded as the premier trial for the Derby with four winners on the Knavesmire since the turn of the century going on to Epsom glory (North Light 2004), Motivator (2005), Authorised (2007) and Golden Horn (2015). The betting for today’s competitive eleven-runner contest is headed by John Gosden’s Frankel progeny Cracksman (9/4 at BetVictor) who goes into the race unbeaten in two starts. The colt is out of a Pivotal mare and both wins have been gained on good to soft ground so Wednesday’s rain shouldn’t be a concern unless conditions become extremely testing. The favourite must go close but I have my reservations about the horse who […]

BetVictor’s Charlie McCann looks at York’s Dante meeting Day One

BetVictor’s Charlie McCann looks at York’s Dante meeting Day One The feature event on the opening Day of York’s Dante meeting is the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes and thirteen sprinters will hurdle down the Knavesmire in search of the £70,000 first prize. Magical Memory won the corresponding race 12 months ago and would have got a narrow vote for the contest (9/2 with BetVictor) had it not been for the threat of significant rain on Wednesday. Charlie Hills’ grey had a prep run before taking this prestigious event last season and the combination of rain-softened ground and seasonal reappearance is enough Brando (3.35) made a winning reappearance when cutting down Ornate in the Abernant Stakes at HQ last month for Kevin Ryan. The selection (11/4 at BetVictor) has run five times at York […]

Charlie McCann previews Tuesday’s action

Charlie McCann previews Tuesday’s action It is a long way from Nottingham maiden success to classic winner but Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Ocean continues to attract support for Thursday’s Dante Stakes at York and is now 7/2 with BetVictor from 4/1 for his Knavesmire examination and 12s from 14s for the Derby at Epsom next month. There was a band of rain forecast to hit Beverley on Monday with further showers forecast for Tuesday and the ground at the Humberside track could easily ride softer than the official description at time of writing of good to firm and good in places. Gerry The Glover (3.30) is very well treated on his best form and is given the each way vote in the extended mile handicap with any easing in the ground considered a plus. The […]

Charlie McCann of on Monday’s cards

Charlie McCann of on Monday’s cards The midweek feature is the three-day Dante meeting from York with recent Epsom winner Cracksman the 9/4 favourite with BetVictor with Friday’s feature. That is the final significant trial for the greatest classic in the world and we should know more about the next engagement of Guineas winner Churchill by the weekend. The feature race of this evening’s Windsor card is the Listed Mile event and the hope is that there is enough pace to see Firmament (7.20) come through fast and late under Danny Tudhope. The selection never got competitive on his reappearance but was only beaten two lengths in a similar contest to this evening’s and he looked a progressive sort for most of last term. Highland Cradle is likely to be all the rage for […]

Charlie McCann previews day 3 of Chester’s May Meeting

Charlie McCann previews day 3 of Chester’s May Meeting Cheshire Oaks winner Enable was cut from 16s to 8s for the Oaks in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s Chester success and was trimmed again on Thursday morning into 6s with BetVictor after further support. Connections also have impressive Newbury winner Shutter Speed near the top of the fillies’ classic market but the suggestion is that she may go for the French equivalent over 10 furlongs leaving Enable to take in the Oaks. Today’s feature race on the final day of Chester’s May Meeting is the Gp 3 Ormonde Stakes and a chance is taken on Red Verdon (3.35) having his first start since finishing runner up in the Grand Prix de Paris on Bastille Day back in July. The selection doesn’t have the best of […]