York Dante Meeting Tips
ITV is showing four big races on all three days of York’s Dante Meeting this week, and The Geek has four tips for you for the opening day’s action on Wednesday.
On his first two runs over a mile as a two-year-old, Hamada looked like the sort who would make significant improvement for a step-up to middle-distances and he proved that when winning over 10-furlongs at Pontefract on his final start that season. However, after a long time off the track, he returned with an even more impressive performance on the all-weather. He looks the type who would be rated significantly higher already if he hadn’t been forced to miss his 3-year-old campaign and is expected to win this handicap with just 9-12 on his back.
Hamada win @ 3.50 WilliamHill
Like with many sprint handicappers who have had enjoyed a decent season, Orion’s Bow probably just found himself too high in the handicap last season and struggled to find his confidence in the face of near impossible tasks. However, that poor run of form meant he started the season fully 17lb below his highest mark and 8lb below his highest winning mark. Most of his best form is over six furlongs, so the fact he nearly won over 5 furlongs off a 1lb lower mark on his seasonal reappearance suggests he should relish stepping back up in trip here and is weighted to capitalise on the handicapper’s generosity.
Orion’s Bow win @ 5.50 William Hill
Harry Angel has yet to run a bad race on any of his eight starts and, though he’s not won either of his seasonal debuts so far in his short career, it’s worth noting that they were both at Ascot where he is no wins from four runs. He’s also won his other four starts and the suspicion is York’s fast flat track will suit him ideally. He does have to concede 4lb to Tasleet, who finished in front of him at Ascot the last time they met, but Harry Angel absolutely blew that horse away at Haydock early last season and is expected to do the same here.
Harry Angel win @ 1.57 William Hill
Trainer John Gosden has an enviable record in the Musidora Stakes and this fantastic trainer of fillies has won five of the last seven renewals, the last three with Frankie Dettori doing the steering. It’s also interesting that John Gosden’s five winners were all running their second races of the season when winning, with three having won their previous run and two not doing. Therefore, it’s no concern that Highgarden was only third on her seasonal reappearance as she looked impressive when winning her only start as a two-year-old. There are one or two unexposed dangers but, as Gosden has lots of good fillies he could have run instead of her, it’s hard to oppose her.
Highgarden win @ 3.50 William Hill