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 soft. The Betfred Dante Stakes is, historically, one of the best Derby trials and it will be fascinating to see if the likes of Bonfire or Mandaean emerge as credible Epsom rivals to Camelot.
The Dante is a race to sit back and enjoy and isn’t a betting heat. However the opening 5f dash on the card offers plenty of value. This blog bagged a nice each way result with Waffle yesterday and in the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap I like the place prospects of both El Viento and Verinco.
Barefoot Lady is admirably tough and I’ve no idea why she is as high as 18/1 at the time of writing for the Betfred Middleton Stakes at 2pm. She was a little disappointing on her seasonal debut at Goodwood but she likes York and is solid each way value.
Her trainer Richard Fahey is enjoying a strong start to the season and the progressive Common Touch will appreciate the drying ground in the 3pm, while the Malton trainer will be disappointed if Bispham Green fails to step up on his Doncaster debut in the hot-looking maiden at 4.10pm.