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Will Hayler blogs live from the York Dante Meeting

  • Good luck with your Jamaican Bolt bet. looked at it but 0/4 at York and never won at 6f tempers enthusiasm - but as you say, the pace angle and ground works a treat
    5/14/2014 12:15:01 PM
  • I just think he's the sort of handly-ridden horse who does well in these races - and I like the fact that the owners sponsor the race too.
    5/14/2014 12:15:24 PM
  • Hi Will, Hope you're well. Feeling the pressure today after a few red letter days lately where i couldnt seem to back a loser...as they say all good things come to an end....global village e/w in the first, royal rascal e/w in the second, Cambridge, tropics and body and soul in 4th race, idea in the fifth and obviously gabriels star in the last......TRUE STORY cant and wont lose tomorrowhat would be your ONE for today and your ONE for th meeting WILL?
    5/14/2014 12:22:05 PM
  • Body And Soul was a major eyecatcher in that fillies' race at Nottingham on Saturday - but is she really good enough to win race his hot? Richard Fahey was very confident about Gabriels Star when we spoke to him yesterday for his column, so I can see where you are going there. As for True Story, I worry that his temperament might boil over at some stage. He is a right hothead. Temperamental but hot.
    5/14/2014 12:23:35 PM
  • One bet for today, Hadley: Due Diligence at Naas, as given earlier from the horse's mouth.
    5/14/2014 12:24:27 PM
  • Hey Will. Rye House, Jack Dexter and Cambridge a good ew treble? Your thoughts. Cheers.
    5/14/2014 12:24:31 PM
  • Not for me, Keith. Rye House has shown before that he's a bit fragile. He could well win this today, but I wouldn't bank against a total blow-out.
    5/14/2014 12:27:10 PM
  • Fancy Tropics to return to form today
    5/14/2014 12:27:19 PM
  • There have been some interesting nibbles for Tropics in the market and there are signs of life from the stable again in the last couple of weeks. I still think his win in the Diadem was a very good performance over some pretty solid yardsticks - but he's got to prove he can do it all again this season.
    5/14/2014 12:29:40 PM
  • Any insight into Tahira in the first it makes me nervous when there's horses in a race I can't get a sense of any form on. Leaning towards Hi There at the moment.
    5/14/2014 12:29:49 PM
  • Hi There has a certain solidity to him and he has the beating of Tres Coronas on his Epsom form too. All I can tell you about Tahira is a feeling that John Quinn's team - Cockney Trucker's nice win at Ayr aside - haven't quite been at their best for a few months now. It would be foolish to presume that her German form doesn't entitle her to plenty of respect - but her former trainer Uwe Stech is no mug in his homeland and she might not necessarily improvely massively for the change of trainer.
    5/14/2014 12:34:46 PM
  • Afternoon Will. On Maarek today. Ground just right and a lovely price!
    5/14/2014 12:35:01 PM
  • But the 5lb penalty John? Admirable horse and all that - but it's a tough ask today.
    5/14/2014 12:35:20 PM
  • Cracking set of comments today - thanks for them all.
    5/14/2014 12:35:38 PM
  • They're going to post for the first race and, shockingly, I haven't got my Placepot on yet.
    5/14/2014 12:36:00 PM
  • Crisis averted.
    5/14/2014 12:43:00 PM
  • Lahaag for me in the first...great price...god like connections
    5/14/2014 12:43:02 PM
  • also like pasake boy/lahaag exacta
    5/14/2014 12:43:03 PM
  • If you can start the Dante meeting with a winning Exacta, then I'd say your set fair for the week Mike!
    5/14/2014 12:43:22 PM
  • Rye House.
    5/14/2014 12:44:37 PM
  • The betting market disagrees with you, Charles. He's really easy to back now - but you may yet be proved right. The best of luck.
    5/14/2014 12:45:07 PM
  • AND THEY'RE OFF FOR THE OPENER!
    5/14/2014 12:45:21 PM
  • What a wicked game to play. To make me feel that way.
    5/14/2014 12:48:46 PM
  • What a wicked thing to do.
    5/14/2014 12:48:50 PM
  • To make me dream of backing the first winner.
    5/14/2014 12:48:58 PM
  • Tres Coronas hits the front over a furlong out and looks on course for a tasty 12/1 victory but gets nailed close home by Clever Cookie.
    5/14/2014 12:49:35 PM
  • RESULT 1.45: 1st Clever Cookie 7/1, 2nd Tres Coronas 11/1, 3rd Awake My Soul 11/1, 4th Pasaka Boy 16/1.
    5/14/2014 12:50:30 PM
  • To be fair, you can't begrudge Peter Niven having the chance to train a really, really good horse.
    5/14/2014 12:56:27 PM
  • The first Yorkshire-trained winner of many at York this week, I'd say. I saw Betfair had opened a market on the top trainer for the week, on which they'd taken precisely £2. I suspect Peter Niven wasn't quoted in that market.
    5/14/2014 12:58:42 PM
  • Hi Will, hope all is well and that you are sampling the finest of bitters with all that diet conscious food...only indirect bet of the day is Madame Chiang for the Oaks...best of luck to everyone...
    5/14/2014 12:59:28 PM
  • I think that's a very sensible play, JP. If she wins, you'll be sat with 50/1 about a 6/1 chance. If she doesn't, you might still have a fair bet on your hands. No alcohol for me. Not when I'm on duty.
    5/14/2014 1:00:35 PM
  • I'm new to this game. What is this weight for age and how does it work? Also what is hcp allowance per length, hope you know what I mean?
    5/14/2014 1:01:23 PM
  • Get out now. Save yourself. It's not too late.
    5/14/2014 1:01:56 PM
  • Not really, Dean. It's hard to know where to start with your question but I shall try to do so in two sentences. Weight for age means that a younger horse will, by and large, carry less weight than an older horse in order to reflect their relative levels of maturity. A handicap allowance per length is harder to calculate and you'll get a different answer depending upon who you speak to. Good luck.
    5/14/2014 1:04:44 PM
  • Hey Will Thomas again, Who do you think has the strongest claims for the musidora then? because no sensible bookie gives a price boost to a horse they think is going to win. Go Queen of Ice!
    5/14/2014 1:04:51 PM
  • I think it's the sort of race I don't like to have a bet in, but I've put Queen Of Ice and Regardez in the Placepot.
    5/14/2014 1:05:19 PM
  • Baccarat always looks well, but his splendid chestnut coat is particularly lustrous in the sunshine today.
    5/14/2014 1:08:11 PM
  • See, I can do proper journalism too.
    5/14/2014 1:09:50 PM
  • Right, here we go for the six-furlong handicap. Best of British.
    5/14/2014 1:17:20 PM
  • I'm more of a Best of Jamaican man personally.
    5/14/2014 1:17:42 PM
  • And it's one for fans of Ben Linfoot and his Value Bet column as AETNA lands the spoils with a late run against the stands' rail. Drawn 20 of 20, does that tip the balance towards high-drawn horses in the Duke Of York Stakes?
    5/14/2014 1:19:32 PM
  • 2.15 RESULT: 1st Aetna 7/1CF, 2nd Baccarat 7/1CF, 3rd Blaine 9/1, 4th Fast Shot 14/1. That was tipped by Ben at 14/1 but there was plenty of 16/1 around for a good couple of hours afterwards and still some 12/1 this morning.
    5/14/2014 1:21:13 PM
  • His other selection Summerinthecity was a promising fifth, Jamaican Bolt sixth (didn't quite stay?) and Regal Parade close enough in seventh to suggest that Milton Bradley might come off the cold list at some stage.
    5/14/2014 1:23:22 PM
  • Scoop is on fire!
    5/14/2014 1:23:24 PM
  • He is. He's also on a stag do in Germany now, so his place will be taken by Matt Brocklebank for tomorrow and Friday's racing. Can Matt carry the torch onwards successfully?
    5/14/2014 1:23:54 PM
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