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The Dante Meeting is always a highlight of the turf season and we take a look at the feature event on Friday’s card.
The 87th renewal of the Yorkshire Cup takes centre stage following the traditionally strong Derby Trial on day two of the meeting and there are several eye-catching entries among the 16 entered at the five-day stage.
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The Queen has enjoyed plenty of success at this meeting, with the likes of Carlton House winning the Dante in 2011 and Dartmouth winning last year’s renewal of this contest. Her runner this year looks over-priced in the ante-post markets.
Four-year-olds traditionally have a strong record in the race and he is sure to come on for his reappearance run in a red-hot Group 3 at Newbury last time. The form of that effort has been franked by the winner subsequently landing a Group 2 while the runner-up finished an excellent second to Idaho at Chester last week.
The colt represents a yard that do particularly well at York and William Haggas is running at a 20% win-rate in recent weeks (9-45). Having just been touched off in a French Group 2 at Chantilly in September, there is every chance he can make his presence felt at this level throughout the season and the step back up in trip looks certain to suit.
The concern would be that the Queen’s preferred jockey is already booked to ride Max Dynamite and, having won three of the last four renewals of this race, it is not a positive if Ryan Moore opts to ride for the Irish Champion Jumps trainer.
A price of 25/1 looks like fair compensation and he will lack nothing from the saddle if the in-form James Doyle takes over, another jockey who has a good record when riding for Her Majesty.
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At the other end of the market, this race could be the perfect starting place for Stradivarius this season. The four-year-old ran a fine race in the St. Leger when just a half-length third behind Capri and ran well again behind the multiple Group 1 winner, Order Of St George, on Champions Day in October.
There is a chance the Group 1 winner could be even better as a four-year-old and race-fitness is no great concern given the yard’s record with seasonal returners. The drop in class is another positive and together with the return to quicker ground, he could be hard to beat for a yard bidding for their second win in the race after Duncan’s success in 2011.
The son of Sea The Stars is well clear on Official Ratings and he looks set to go off a fair bit shorter than 3/1 if taking up this engagement.
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