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Live York Dante Day 2 Blog

Will Hayler blogs live from Day 2 of the Dante Meeting

  • 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
  • Silvestre De Sousa has just ridden a winner for 'Dusty' Bin Suroor at Salisbury. I bet he won't have been too disappointed to see True Story blow out.
    5/15/2014 2:15:19 PM
  • It's clouding over a bit on the Knavesmire - hope we're not going to get a cloudburst.
    5/15/2014 2:16:21 PM
  • Going in for the Hambleton Stakes. Will Navajo Chief give under-fire Alan Jarvis
    something to smile about? Or will it be Fury? (The horse, not Alan Jarvis's mood).
    5/15/2014 2:18:39 PM
  • What a game. 3.15 RESULT: 1st Navajo Chief 15/2, 2nd Fort Bastion 8/1, 3rd Prince of Johanne 12/1.
    5/15/2014 2:22:14 PM
  • THE CHIEF to the rescue...was there last year when he won and was sick as a parrot as the result was a bad one, today pure joy, wat a difference a year makes !
    5/15/2014 2:22:20 PM
  • He loves York as much as you Hadley.
    5/15/2014 2:22:36 PM
  • Go Shamson, give him shtrength
    5/15/2014 2:48:05 PM
  • I like that. Shamshon was green in the paddock, shouting and hollering as I was trying to listen to a quite remarkable RUK interview with Jarvis (more on that after this race).
    5/15/2014 2:48:58 PM
  • Justice Day a bit short in the next Will, what about Shamson to get the monkey off Frankie's back?
    5/15/2014 2:48:59 PM
  • Frankie looked as perky as ever as he came out for the ride, but he could definitely do with a winner now.
    5/15/2014 2:49:21 PM
  • Nice win for connections of Navajo Chief but should a double bankrupt be allowed to continue to train horses?
    5/15/2014 2:49:30 PM
  • Fair question, John. Again we'll come back to that.
    5/15/2014 2:49:41 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
  • I have backed Ambiance here, PLJ. Only small, but you have my full support. I thought he looked ready enough for this reappearance.
    5/15/2014 2:50:16 PM
  • And they're racing...
    5/15/2014 2:50:23 PM
  • Dettori's done it. He's bounced back with a winner as Shamshon takes the British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions Stakes.
    5/15/2014 2:52:02 PM
  • 3.50 RESULT: 1st Shamshon 9/1, 2nd One Chance 22/1
    5/15/2014 2:54:35 PM
  • If you thought that Alan Jarvis was going to hide and not face the music, you'd have been surprised, for not only was he in full effect after Navajo Chief's success, but he came out fighting in a RUK interview with Lydia Hislop in which he made a number of allegations against the BHA, 24 hours after they revealed their reasons for refusing to renew his trainer's licence. Jarvis described the BHA as a "vile, spiteful organisation" and said that Doncaster Bloodstock Sales had tried to "blackmail" him. He said he was sorry over the debts that led him to bankruptcy and admitted "I was in the wrong" but said he'd made plans to repay the debt, only to find he wasn't being given the time needed. "We were going to sell the house, but it got flooded, so I couldn't do that. Then I was ready to pay two instalments of £200,000, but they weren't interested." Alleging a back-catalogue of past instances where racing's ruling body, including under its former guises, had discriminated against him, he said they were "hated with a vengeance across the industry, by all trainers, owners and jockeys". It was strong, albeit lengthy stuff and an interview held together typically well by Lydia Hislop, but at the end of the day it still doesn't answer all of the questions as to how the unholy situation was allowed to escalate to the levels now reached.
    5/15/2014 3:03:12 PM
  • if only Bunker did it! thankfully the Chief did help my cause. Mixed emotions Will!! Right, what do you like for the last few at York? Make it a memorable day! (for the better) BB
    5/15/2014 3:06:05 PM
  • On the subject of Bunker, Hannon reported: "Frankie said he was just a bit rusty and that he lacks a gear for the Derby, so we'll just sleep on it." Meanwhile, Harry Herbert indicated that they might take in the Queen's Vase en-route to the St Leger now.
    5/15/2014 3:07:14 PM
  • Hannon on Shamshon: "He's likeable, honest and sound and he did that as impressively as he did at Deauville. He's got loads of speed. We've still got to choose where we go but he will definitely go to Ascot and we'll hope to pick up some black type." Harry Herbert's pockets were brimming, or they should have been. "I was amazed by his price in that race - he had the best form!" said the amiable aristo.
    5/15/2014 3:09:56 PM
  • Finally, Dettori confirmed that Treve is on course for Ascot and the Prince of Wales's Stakes. "Criquette says she's come out of the race in great form," he said. Please n
    body tell him I was questioning whether his heart was in it earlier on.
    5/15/2014 3:11:00 PM
  • #PrayForJarvis
    5/15/2014 3:11:11 PM
  • Very interesting that Will. Just the usual platitudes on Channel 4 interview with Emma Spencer. Mr Jarvis has been bankrupted before. Does he put that one down to the BHA? Surely he cannot just pass on the licence to his son?
    5/15/2014 3:11:12 PM
  • That seems to be the case, John. He said his son, Tim, had "done all the courses and filled in all the forms" and was ready to start training "if the BHA allows it". He also said that he expected a number of his owners would move their horses to France in search of better financial returns, so his son might start with a slimmed-down team, even if he does take up the mantle. Finally, he said: "I've been in this game a long time and I know ways to get my own back." Pressed on what he meant by this, he responded: "A book."
    5/15/2014 3:13:10 PM
  • Could you please ask Paddy Power if they can pay out early on Australia winning the Derby? It would be great publicity and generate lots of interest. It may help personal fiscal matters too.
    5/15/2014 3:13:20 PM
  • I am going to investigate this on your behalf.
    5/15/2014 3:14:00 PM
  • 4/6 for the derby! All based on the trainer blowing the horses trumpet. I predict if the same horse was trained, even by Richard Hannon it would be closer to 5/2!!
    5/15/2014 3:15:48 PM
  • A quick additional note on this is that Roger Varian gave, by his standards, a very positive bulletin about Kingston Hill earlier this afternoon saying that, with hindsight, he thought he'd run "a very good Derby trial" in the Guineas. He's pretty much the number one British-trained prospect now.
    5/15/2014 3:16:53 PM
  • How's Silver Ranger look in the saddling enclosure Will?
    5/15/2014 3:19:12 PM
  • He's just gone to post right in front of me. He looks well and relaxed. I do find it very hard to tell with greys, but he looks ready for this too.
    5/15/2014 3:20:42 PM
  • No sign of the Paddy Power rep, but I just Michael Shinners whether Sky Bet would consider an early payout Alex Dunigan. He may not have been entirely sincere in his reply, which was: "Great idea, in fact let's make it double the odds." I also asked David Williams from Ladbrokes. He said: "We would never be so disrespectful to the other horses as to pay out now on Australia - how could I look Dermot Weld in the eye if we did that?"
    5/15/2014 3:24:25 PM
  • They're going in for the maiden, named in memory of Chiselliam. The prize is being presented by that filly's owner Chris Wright, which is nice.
    5/15/2014 3:27:13 PM
  • 4.25 RESULT: 1st Bossy Guest 5/1, 2nd Mister Universe, 3rd Silver Ranger
    5/15/2014 3:30:26 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
  • Good luck in the last Will with Mr Snoozy. Do you reserve any thoughts for the big priced Cape tribulation and Eagle Rock??
    5/15/2014 3:37:44 PM
  • Both likeable horses, BB. It's quite a tricky little race really. Calculated Risk had no chance in a strange race at Pontefract last time but ran quite well and it's not hard to see why he's towards the head of the betting. The drying ground will help Eagle Rock and probably won't hinder Cape Tribulation either. I'm starting to wonder why I've gone in so heavy on the Snoozy one - although the father-to-son change of ownership of the licence has certainly helped the form of the Walford horses and that's got to be a plus!
    5/15/2014 3:41:36 PM
  • Bossy Guest goes for the Coventry Stakes, according to Mick Channon, whose son Michael said: "He's a bit of a lad but he kept finding and finding today. What you see is what you get with him."
    5/15/2014 3:44:02 PM
  • 5/15/2014 3:44:25 PM
  • That's Chris Wright and Willie Carson presenting the prize. You can see the new weighing room under construction in the background and lots of those lovely Livingstone Daisies in the foreground. I tried to grow them once. Bought a packet with 200 seeds. Slugs ate them all. Every one. Never got a single flower.
    5/15/2014 3:49:36 PM
  • 5/15/2014 3:50:24 PM
  • A trifecta perm so big it could sink a ship has just been launched... and they're off for the lucky last. Best of British to one and all.
    5/15/2014 4:00:23 PM
  • God bless you Jason Hart. Your glorious persistence earns fourth place from the painfully-snow Mr Snoozy. A fortunate pick-up, my favourite type.
    5/15/2014 4:06:13 PM
  • 5.00 RESULT: 1st Villa Royale 16/1, 2nd Eagle Rock 16/1, 3rd Entihaa 10/1, 4th Mr Snoozy 7/1.
    5/15/2014 4:08:36 PM
  • The original plan to get a photo of me leading Mr Snoozy into the winner's enclosure has had to be shelved due to his failure to score, but the game goes on. I'll be back tomorrow with more of what you had today, except better, as well as a live Graham Cunningham chat. You can't ask for more than that. Arrivederci.
    5/15/2014 4:14:09 PM
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