York: four things to watch out for this week

Golden Horn (William Buick) wins the Dante

Golden Horn was an impressive winner of the Dante Stakes

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

MUCH like Barcelona is the most eagerly anticipated stop on mediterranean cruises, York is the highlight of the Flat season’s journey from Classics at Newmarket to Epsom.

As the Dante meeting helps bring Derby and Oaks anticipation to fever pitch, here is everything you need to look out for over three days of brilliant racing at the North’s premier track.

Sprint kings

York is one of the quickest tracks in the country and nowhere will that be more apparent than in the Group 2 Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, where Sprint Cup first and third – Twilight Son and Magical Memory – face off. Throw in Danzeno, Dick Whittington and Mattmu, all horses with Group 1 potential, and it really does look a humdinger of a race.

The top-class sprinting action does not end there. The Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Westrow Stakes on Thursday – in which the talented Easton Angel, Areen and Rah Rah run – is now a stepping stone to the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup and was won by recent Palace House winner Profitable last year.

Friday’s Ralph Raper Memorial Stakes might be for three-year-olds currently rated 0-90, but expect the winner to be capable of a lot more. Group performers Hoof It, Moviesta and G Force are all on the honour roll this decade.


Twilight Son (green sleeves) was a narrow winner of the Sprint Cup

  PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)  

Classic clues

Wednesday’s Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes has an equally impressive list of previous winners, with six subsequent Group 1 winners in the last ten years. John Gosden has a particularly impressive record in the race and saddles favourite So Mi Dar, while Australian Queen makes a first visit to the venue of her half-sister Arabian Queen’s famous 50-1 defeat of Golden Horn – at a similarly big price.

Thursday’s Group 2 Betfred Dante Stakes has long been regarded as Britain’s premier Derby trial and was the race in which Golden Horn announced himself last year. This year’s renewal features the ante-post favourite, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Midterm, and 11 other hopefuls.

Midterm (Ryan Moore) wins the Classic Trial

Midterm: ante-post favourite for the Derby 

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Gold Cup pointers

Friday’s Betway Yorkshire Cup is a Group 2 for stayers with ambitions. Immediately it is a trial for the Ascot Gold Cup, but in recent year’s it has had more of an impact on the Melbourne Cup and Bondi Beach, who disappointed at Flemington in November, could meet Champions Day Long Distance Cup one-two Flying Officer and Clever Cookie.


Clever Cookie (blue jacket) could run in the Yorkshire Cup

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

So much more

Thursday’s Group 2 Betfred Middleton Stakes (2.40) is arguably the classiest race of the meeting and this year’s renewal pits Journey and Beautiful Romance, who chased home Simple Verse in the Fillies Mares, against Oaks third Lady Of Dubai.

The Betfred TV Hambleton Stakes (3.45) is one of the most competitive betting heats of the week, while Friday’s Listed Langleys Solicitors EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes looks sure to have Royal Ascot implications, with Mark Johnston’s Boater and Chupalla joined by Richard Hannon’s Stormy Clouds – who won the same race at Salisbury claimed by Tiggy Wiggy two years ago – among the entries.

Lady Of Dubai (yellow) Goodwood May 2015

Lady Of Dubai (yellow) could make her seasonal reapparance at York

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