Dante Stakes preview

AS Epsom Derby trials go, last year’s Dante Stakes at York was as informative as you could get. Golden Horn’s late swoop past Jack Hobbs seemed pretty impressive when it happened but the form was truly vindicated when the pair dominated flat racing’s blue riband itself a few weeks later. This year’s trials have been …[Read More]

The 2013 York Ebor meeting

THIS year’s York Ebor meeting will struggle to surpass 2012 when the emotional words of Sir Henry Cecil in the winner’s enclosure after Frankel’s victory tugged at the heartstrings. But the Ebor meeting is still poised to be one of the highlights of the Flat season. The Juddmonte International may lack Frankel but it promises …[Read More]

Sir Graham Wade the Yorkshire Cup choice

JACK MILNER on the York Dante meeting… WE shall leave the Derby and Oaks trials alone because they generally turn out to be messy affairs, with muddling paces, and often results that don’t bare a true reflection of the race. I much prefer the long distance races, especially around the likes of Pontefract, Doncaster and …[Read More]

Bated to leave them breathless

I HAVE been waiting with Bated Breath for Roger Charlton’s star sprinter to get his head in front in a Group One contest. But today could finally be the day for Bated Breath. Conditions should be ok, despite the rain yesterday and this morning, and he should get the decent ground he likes in the …[Read More]

Wentworth the Friday banker

One of our Two-year-old Notebook horses Wentworth runs tomorrow at York in the Skybet Mobile Convivial Maiden Stakes. He was very unlucky on his debut at Glorious Goodwood in the maiden won by Steeler who has since franked the form. The race has already thrown up other winners. Wentworth has always been a favourite among …[Read More]

Just So Wild About Coco

HOW do you follow Frankel? Inevitably, there will be a sense of anti-climax at York today after the tumultuous events of yesterday. It was probably the best performance I’ve ever seen by any horse and the spine-tingling reception afforded to the beast, Tom Queally and Sir Henry Cecil will live long in the memory. I …[Read More]

Twice Over the value

Racing will hopefully pay homage to the equine superstar that is Frankel at York today. I am slightly nervous about him trying 1m 2f for the first time but a part of me is expecting him to devour the extra distance and produce something special. Let’s hope so. The Juddmonte International is not a betting …[Read More]

York: Day Two

Today is one of those days when there is quality racing whichever way you look: the second day of York’s Dante meeting, a strong Salisbury card, a belting evening meeting at Newmarket, and three competitive NH cards. A dry night has meant the ground is now good at York, so beware horses that need it …[Read More]