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Live York Dante Day 2 Blog

Will Hayler blogs live from Day 2 of the Dante Meeting

  • Good morning from York and the second day of the Dante meeting.
    5/15/2014 8:30:07 AM
  • The going then? Pretty critical yesterday with the inside rail being spurned like a ginger stepchild
    5/15/2014 10:40:16 AM
  • Good morning Will, safe to say Due Diligence rescued the day and I presume your tardiness is, in part, due to the celebration. I hope I didnt get you into trouble with the Bearded One. Another tough card but the Middleton looks interesting, Thistle Bird and Ambivalent appear closely matched though preference is for the latter as the former may just need the outing. Judge n Jury vs Ancient Cross seems a standard comment for the opener for the last few years with the coin coming down in favour of the former. Meanwhile a nice sausage casserole prepared yesterday is slowly maturing.
    5/15/2014 10:42:56 AM
  • It is, Damon. It is. But something about True Story worries me today. He's a high-quality horse and a clear stand-out on form. However he got seriously hot and bothered before the start at Newmarket last time and I suspect he's capable of turning it all in when things don't go his way. The other one I'll be watching closely today is The Lark in the Middleton Stakes. Lest we forget, both her mum Gull Wing and her Auntie Sariska brought their careers to a sudden end at around this age when deciding not to come out of the stalls any more.
    5/15/2014 10:57:19 AM
  • Yes, Tarfasha was impressive, and it was an evening meeting well worth tuning in for. I thought Dick Whittington ran a fair race on his debut too, only just going down to a fair yardstick in Capella Sansevero who had the edge on experience. I could see him turning up at Royal Ascot - or maybe in something like the Woodcote at Epsom now.
    5/15/2014 11:01:59 AM
  • As for Bunker, I am a bit scared of that Chesham Stakes form, but you're right that Deauville effort makes him the one most likely to take advantage if the favourite flops.
    5/15/2014 11:03:31 AM
  • Frankie has had a ride a day for the last three days and been beaten out of sight on every one. Today he has a number of chances, but I'd be a little bit concerned that if he gets well beaten on the first couple, his head might drop a little. In my opinion, and this is only my opinion, he's a jockey who needs to be riding good horses as often as possible, in order to stop his head from dropping.
    5/15/2014 11:09:28 AM
  • Ambivalent has a lot in her favour and, in my view, has the fewest question-marks over her in the Middleton. I think she's a very fair each-way bet. Indeed, I'm on.
    5/15/2014 11:18:05 AM
  • Anyone who has had the pleasure/sadness of reading the BHA's reasons for denying Alan Jarvis a new trainer's licence will have slightly mixed feelings if Navajo Chief wins today, but there's no doubt that whatever his past misdemeanours - and there have been a hatful of them - the horse goes well fresh, goes well here and should run a very big race under Fallon today.
    5/15/2014 11:19:53 AM
  • I'm sure he will, Jay. But what did you make of all that messing about at the stalls last time? He was covered with sweat by the time the race got underway.
    5/15/2014 11:27:52 AM
  • On Dick W JOB made a bit of balls of it I think. Ryan M to take over next year?
    5/15/2014 11:28:03 AM
  • An ongoing argument. Various whispers have circulated for a while that JO'B is operating on borrowed time for one reason or another. But he has a pivotal role at Ballydoyle, riding work on all of the Premier League horses. Would they employ Ryan as number one unless he was prepared to move to Ireland? Would Ryan go under those terms? Personally, I suspect JO'B's sideways step will only come when the burden of staying on the low side of 9st proves too much to manage and he takes an even bigger role on the training side of the operation.
    5/15/2014 11:34:55 AM
  • Bogart is undoubtedly capable of a very big run - but first time out, Brownie?
    5/15/2014 11:37:00 AM
  • As for True Story, the very best price available anywhere on the market now is 8/11 and that's available here at Sky Bet. If you haven't already got a Sky Bet account, why not open one here? Seriously, why not? It's a good day for a change.
    5/15/2014 11:44:54 AM
  • Currently walking the course are Andrea Atzeni, Roger Varian, Ryan Moore (on the phone) and another jockey I didn't recognise. Given the widely-held belief that the turf varies across the width of the home straight, York is a course that should reward homework.
    5/15/2014 11:47:44 AM
  • Good morning Will, I hope you're in rude health.....On the first tee at York Ballesteros to get us off to a birdie at the first, we will still be soaring high above like a BIRD when the THISTLE wins the second, third winner of the day i will be questioning if this is a fairytale or a TRUE STORY....we will comprehensively show the bookmakers whos CHIEF when the NAVAJO wins the fourth......your DILLIGENCE saved the day yesterday MR HAYLER, many thanks soets keep the winning formula....whats your one selection for YORK and one ELSEWHERE...mine is green monkey in the last at newmarket...will be the next ZIDANE for connections
    5/15/2014 11:48:58 AM
  • I've backed Elusivity and Top Boy each-way in the opener, Ambivalent each-way in the second, no bet in the Dante, no bet yet in the Hambleton Stakes but I could see Fury going well first time out. Justice Day looks short enough in the two-year-old race, but I haven't a clue what's going to win, then it's too hard in the maiden before my nap of the day MR SNOOZY in the lucky last. What was Jason Hart doing on him last time out? He'll run a big race today.
    5/15/2014 11:54:21 AM
  • And I am in rude health, thanks Hadley. Although not as rude as Kieren Fallon, who has just jogged past on his way down the course, zigzagging across the track. If I look as good as him when I am 49, I will be a happy, happy man.
    5/15/2014 11:55:11 AM
  • He's a great advert for having a clean-living selfless, virtuous life :)
    5/15/2014 11:56:01 AM
  • Will - On the Epsom form last season and given that she has had a run is Gifted Girl not value against Thistle Bird or do you like something else in the race?
    5/15/2014 11:56:32 AM
  • The last time I backed a horse trained by PFI Cole, it had T Quinn on board. She's a likeable, honest filly - but I'm not a fan today. (And Thistle Bird finished in front of her at Longchamp). Good luck if you're on though.
    5/15/2014 11:58:16 AM
  • Would not be surprised one bit if Bunker was to beat True Story in the Dante.
    5/15/2014 11:58:30 AM
  • Frankie will surely win the Dante with Bunker
    5/15/2014 11:58:32 AM
  • Bunker fans of the world unite. One last plug. You can have 50/1 about him winning today and going on to take the Derby with Sky Bet.
    5/15/2014 12:01:41 PM
  • Hi Will, no reports on nocturnal activities? My bets for the day are Inxile, Shamson and Tales of Grimm with an interest on Bunker to do well ahead of the Derby...best of luck to everyone
    5/15/2014 12:21:19 PM
  • Some of the snappier-dressed members of the crowd today.

    5/15/2014 1:37:54 PM
  • They're heading to post for the Dante Stakes
    5/15/2014 1:41:02 PM
  • AROD going some what unlooked he has to improve a lot but beat an well bred oaks entry last time and should go close today if he settles. All of Hannons have improved for a run. True story need to grow up a bit as well. Him and AROD to fight out finish. Bunker back in third
    5/15/2014 1:41:03 PM
  • Hi Andy, Arod won as easily as you like last time out but the race was nothing to shout home about, nor has there been any subsequent winners. But you can only beat what's put in front of you and Arod is a clearly improving animal. As for Richard Hannon, all of his runners have performed poorly so far at this meeting but he's already saddled two winners down at Salisbury and could well get on the board here with Bunker. Time will tell.
    5/15/2014 1:44:32 PM
  • True Story was quite keen to post but Fallon has managed to keep a lid on him thus far.
    5/15/2014 1:45:25 PM
  • They're loading for the Dante.... AND THEY'RE OFF...
    5/15/2014 1:47:06 PM
  • And it's The Grey Gatsby who wins the Dante. Could it be the first Yorkshire-trained winner of the Epsom Classic since the horse after whom this race was named? Almost certainly not, as he'd have to be supplemented and looks far from a certain stayer over a mile and a half but that won't stop connections of the winner from enjoying a first prize of more than £85,000.
    5/15/2014 1:51:06 PM
  • Unsurprisingly, a stewards' enquiry has been called with the winner having hung right across the track to the stands' rail, hampering True Story more than the others, in the process. Do I think the result will be changed? No.
    5/15/2014 1:52:09 PM
  • Mixed messages to take out of that race. Is it a boost for Toormore on the Craven form? Is it a damning indictment of where the British contenders for the Derby are at? Is it another nightmare for Frankie Dettori?
    (yes to that one)
    5/15/2014 2:04:25 PM
  • AND it's RESULT STANDS, RESULT STANDS
    5/15/2014 2:04:37 PM
  • 2.45 RESULT 1st The Grey Gatsby 9/1, 2nd Arod 8/1
    5/15/2014 2:05:23 PM
  • Hi Will just heard the trainer say he will go for the French derby
    5/15/2014 2:05:39 PM
  • You are quite right, sir. That is the plan. Kevin Ryan denied that this was a surprise and confirmed the Prix du Jockey-Club as the plan.
    5/15/2014 2:06:08 PM
  • Meanwhile, Arod and True Story are both still on course for Epsom. Peter Chapple-Hyam said: "I had the option of running him on Saturday at Newmarket but we came here as this is the best Derby trial. Maybe over another half-furlong we would have won, but he keeps improving and we're really pleased with him. The main objective was to come here and switch him off and he definitely needs fast ground. Maybe I left him a bit too fresh, but he's a late-maturing type and I think there's still more to come." Of True Story, Saeed bin Suroor reported: "He's still going for the Derby and he'll definitely improve for the step up to a mile and a half and some fast ground."
    5/15/2014 2:08:26 PM
  • AROD very green when asked to pick up traveled better than anything , ground was slower than he liked and finished well. nothing will beat Australia he will win as far as he likes, AROD a wise each way chance with more improvement to come.
    5/15/2014 2:09:22 PM
  • Bookies offering 4/6 for Australia for the Derby. Are you tempted Will? Cannot believe any rational person would back a horse antepost at that price. #bookiestakingthemick!
    5/15/2014 2:09:30 PM
  • Conflicting views! I never ever like to bet each-way if I don't believe a horse can win, so an each-way play on Arod doesn't appeal personally, but likewise I would never ever back anything to win the Derby at odds-on. Tough choices for punters.
    5/15/2014 2:10:44 PM
  • More news coming through on Ambivalent's pony. Apparently it does have a name, but Roger Varian can't remember what it is. Exciting times.
    5/15/2014 2:11:46 PM
  • i only found your blog last evening,enjoyed reading>..Ambience is the one i am really looking forward to seeing today..will be following his progression this yr as a 3yr old..
    5/15/2014 2:49:45 PM
  • Going now officially changed to 'good, good to soft in places'. I must admit I didn't hear this announced, but it's on the BHA website.
    5/15/2014 3:37:41 PM
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