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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
  • Technical issues. Apologies. Up and running very shortly.
    5/15/2014 10:30:12 AM
  • What a palaver. A thousand apologies but we're up and running. Welcome from the Knavesmire where it's another clear, dry day and temperatures are unseasonably warm.
    5/15/2014 10:36:29 AM
  • Not sure it's working, I didn't get the notice saying the comment is being checked
    5/15/2014 10:39:53 AM
  • I haven't had anything from you other than this, Rob - please try again, sir.
    5/15/2014 10:40:11 AM
  • The going then? Pretty critical yesterday with the inside rail being spurned like a ginger stepchild
    5/15/2014 10:40:16 AM
  • You're not wrong, Geoff. Middle to stands' side was the order of the day as soon as the six-furlong handicap was won by the horse drawn 20 of 20. But I'm not convinced that the draw is a massive deal - Astaire was a good second in the Duke Of York from stall two. As for the going, it's now 'good to soft' all round but I'd be betting that we have a bit of 'good' somewhere in there before the end of racing today, especially if the sun comes out.
    5/15/2014 10:42:28 AM
  • ...which might not be good news for Tac De Boistron, the favourite for Friday's Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup.
    5/15/2014 10:42:52 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
  • Thanks Jen, it's true to say that Due Diligence was a most welcome winner at Naas last night. Furthermore, with all of Aidan's other runners performing well below-par, I think it just goes to show how much in hand that horse had yesterday. He could be all right.
    5/15/2014 10:43:56 AM
  • I could murder a bowl of that sausage casserole. The recent addition of a slow cooker to my kitchen has changed my eating habits considerably, and I can't help but feel that it's yet another meal which would be greatly improved by eight hours on 'low'. Oh yes, the racing. Well, Judge N Jury and Ancient Cross are all well and good in the opener, but age catches up with us all eventually. What about the six-years-younger Top Boy, who flew home at Chester after a slow start?
    5/15/2014 10:51:33 AM
  • Hope this grounds drying out for True Story Will?From Damon
    5/15/2014 10:52:12 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
  • Morning Will, on Bunker to upset True Story today. I like the Karakontie form line. Nice tip from AOB yesterday at Naas. Tarfasha was very impressive. What price DK Weld Oaks/Derby double?
    5/15/2014 10:59:49 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
  • I think it could be the Frankie and Moore show today. I can see Bunker turning True Story over if there's still a but of cut in the ground. What are you thoughts on their mounts today, Will?
    5/15/2014 11:04:08 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
  • Another good morrow to you Will! The combined total of a length ensured it was a day of near misses yesterday and today's tactic is to avoid such angst with some sensible each way players. However Ambivalent screams winner to me as it looks like she's been prepped nicely to go one better in the Middleton than last year. I'm a big fan of True Story but will be taking him on with Bunker in the Dante before sticking with my Knavesmire favourite, Navajo Chief, to repeat last year's performance and lead the way in the Hambleton. He's a different horse around York and will also no doubt have been primed for today. Good luck all!
    5/15/2014 11:09:36 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
  • hopefully the ground has dried up enough to for true story to run, my fancy for the derby
    5/15/2014 11:26:00 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
  • Morning, or Afternoon, is it still Thursday? :-) Cant see past True Story in the Dante, 4/5 taken. Bogart in the opener at 16's, he won so well here at the Ebor meet under similar conditions. Have a good day all.
    5/15/2014 11:35:20 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
  • Why is True Story given to Fallon?
    5/15/2014 12:09:16 PM
  • Good question, Sarath. Rumour has it that the first Silvestre De Sousa knew of the 'new arrangements' that would see him sharing rides with KF came when Saeed Bin Suroor said as much on TV last week. My gut feeling is that this was an instruction passed down from on high - although how high I don't really know. All I do know is that much as I like Kieren, his 'arrangements' in recent years have tended to come and do.
    5/15/2014 12:11:02 PM
  • This is the brilliant board on the end of the grandstand with all of the newspaper tipsters' selections on it. It it looked at by an amazingly high number of racegoers and there should be one on every track.

    5/15/2014 12:14:36 PM
  • Just to prove that the media can't be bought, you won't find me sneaking in lots of references to Investec today just because they've put a zebra full of sweets in the press room.

    5/15/2014 12:20:23 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
  • My nocturnal activites were confined to getting the kids down, waiting for a Chinese takeaway, eating said takeaway, getting the kids down again, working on the site for about two hours, answering some emails from angry people, then reading the papers before going to bed. A rock star life, I'm sure you'll agree.
    5/15/2014 12:23:30 PM
  • Richard Fahey was keen on Tales of Grimm for his column, but rumour reaches me that rather than come to the races today, he's on a boat off the Yorkshire coast. Maybe he fancied a change of luck after yesterday's blank...
    5/15/2014 12:24:13 PM
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