Thursday 17th May – 3:30pm York – Betfred Dante Stakes
Some vital Investec Derby clues will be on offer on day two of York’s Dante festival, as the Dante Stakes itself takes prominence on a terrific card on the Knavesmire, where the John Gosden-trained Cracksman will aim to cement his place towards the head of the Derby betting, but the recent Derby gamble Crystal Ocean will be hoping to show why he has been popular amongst ante-post punters in recent weeks.
- John Gosden has won last two renewals (saddles Cracksman)
- Golden Horn was last horse to win this race and the Derby
- Cracksman and Crystal Ocean are prominent figures in Derby market
|Thursday 18th May – 3.30pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Betfred Dante Stakes|
| Rekindling to win
|@ 7 / 1||
Cracksman And Crystal Ocean Head Betting
John Gosden has a fine recent record in this race having won the last two renewals with Golden Horn in 2015 and Wings Of Desire in 2016, and he will saddle Cracksman, who will be hoping to emulate the aforementioned Golden Horn, who won the Dante before going on to Derby glory, and it’s Cracksman who is the current 11/4 favourite with BetVictor to win this race.
As short as 7/1 for the Derby, the son of Frankel was made to work for his last success, which came in the Derby Trial at Epsom Downs, and he will need to come on significantly now taking on classier opposition, but he has certainly shown significant talent, and with only two career starts then he could well shape up into a top-class Group 1 performer.
However, this assignment may just come a little too early in his career, and it was Crystal Ocean that left a more impressive mark on his second start as he eased to a two-length maiden success at Nottingham last time out, and he is a best-priced 100/30 shot with Paddy Power for this race.
Still lightly-raced, Crystal Ocean has been the Derby mover in recent days, so has to be respected, but much like Cracksman he still has to show that he can perform in top notch company, and while he could be a real Derby contender, he may just be worth watching on his first race at a high level.
Rekindling To Continue Progression
Rekindling failed to fire in a Group 1 juvenile event in France at the back end of last season, but the High Chaparral colt has since moved from David Wachman’s stable to Joseph O’Brien’s yard, and he launched back into the Derby picture with a cracking victory in the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on his first run of this season.
He is as big as 16/1 for the Derby, but the manner in which he dealt with a host of classy performers in that race shows that there’s a lot more to come, and with the rain-softened ground at York likely to prove no problems then he could well down the fancied brace of runners mentioned previously, and at 7/1 with bet365 is worth betting here.
Best Of The Rest
Godolphin will unleash a four-pronged attack and Benbatl will be the primary challenger of that quartet as the 8/1 chance with BetVictor wasn’t too far behind when third in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, and could be one that relishes a step up in trip, so has to be considered.
Of the others, Exemplar (9/1) will be the solitary runner for Aidan O’Brien, as he aims to win the race for the first time since 2010, and having been third in the Beresford Stakes last season is one that has to be watched in the betting, but it can be O’Brien’s son Joseph that shines here, and Rekindling can become a real Derby player with victory here.
2017 Betfred Dante Stakes Odds
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