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Will Hayler blogs live from the York Dante Meeting

  • Interestingly, the stands' side runners edged towards the middle from the start but as Baccarat came right to throw down his challenge, the whole field went back towards the stands' side and the winner ended up almost right where he was drawn on the rail. Another interesting snippet to take out is that winning rider Graham Gibbons reported the ground to be "softer than we thought". A straw to clutch at for Jack Dexter backers?
    5/14/2014 1:26:23 PM
  • Don't forget Sky Bet's price boost on Cambridge if you fancy her in the next race, the Musidora Stakes. Click here to get the best price around. Alternatively, check out the prices for the Investec Oaks. That 50/1 about Madame Chiang or Regardez might look very big if either wins here.
    5/14/2014 1:31:35 PM
  • I know how much the next race means to Phil and Pippa Kirby. As a small owner in the yard, I got an email last night saying how excited they were to be having their first runner in a Group race and to ask for all of their owners to cheer Lady Heidi on. So I will be. Go on Team Kirby! (Ps Goldan Jess is now back in full work and will be back in the next couple of months. Cheer him on too!)
    5/14/2014 1:34:12 PM
  • Will Graham Gibbons just said ground is nearer good than soft.
    5/14/2014 1:37:53 PM
  • Oops. Sorry. I misheard him. All round bad news for Jack Dexter fans then. Still - keep the faith!
    5/14/2014 1:38:21 PM
  • It is proper sunny, so you can see why things are getting quicker.
    5/14/2014 1:38:42 PM
  • York have put these new five-foot wastebins with flowebeds on the top in front of the stands this year in a bid to battle the huge amount of waste that tends to be left blowing around the track after the last race. They certainly make a visual impact.
    5/14/2014 1:43:55 PM
  • And they're off for the Musidora
    5/14/2014 1:47:09 PM
  • Yes, that 50/1 does look quite big now. It's Madame Chiang and that man Fallon again.
    5/14/2014 1:49:19 PM
  • 2.45 RESULT: 1st Madame Chiang 8/1, 2nd Lily Rules 7/1, 3rd Regardez 13/2. And the winner is a 12/1 chance from 50/1 for the Investec Oaks with Sky Bet.
    5/14/2014 1:50:57 PM
  • I don't think it was the best Oaks trial ever. In fact, it was a Musidora rather lacking in sparkle. But it's hardly an ante-post event packed with proven Group-race performers and she won with some authority.
    5/14/2014 1:52:42 PM
  • Winning trainer David Simcock confirms that Madame Chiang will go for the Oaks, although warns that she does want some give in the ground. The successful owner, Kirsten Rausing, is also hear to collect her prize. A quite splendid woman, she's roughly as tall as the winning trainer and jockey put together.
    5/14/2014 2:01:26 PM
  • On the flip side, Simcock also described as being "quite tall and weak" at present and that's not an ideal recipe for Epsom success. Food for thought.
    5/14/2014 2:09:20 PM
  • "hear" or "here"?

    Hoping Heeraat can get out, move across and dictate matters in the next
    5/14/2014 2:09:25 PM
  • Apologies Chuck. Blame the excitement of being back on the Knavesmire. By the looks of things, the jockeys have decided that middle to stands' side is the place you want to be, about eight horse widths away from the rail. I can't wait to see what Hughes and Lee - in stalls two and one - will decide to do here. Very interesting.
    5/14/2014 2:11:29 PM
  • do fancy Astaire here......hawkeyethenoo has got smashed in to 10/1 from 20/1
    5/14/2014 2:11:32 PM
  • Astaire clearly has plenty of toe but he's up against professionals here. I'm not sure what to make of the jockey booking either. As for the Hawkeye, he hasn't really had a chance to show his true colours on the all-weather or in smaller fields. A straight course six-furlong burn-up with a little give in the ground is just what he wants... and hey, that's just what he's got here!
    5/14/2014 2:13:00 PM
  • Afternoon Will, I am really looking forward to the Dante meeting and your blog is making for some good reading and thoughts this morning. I just want to point out that there is a horse going in the 20.45 at Naas tonight called Carla Blanca it's EVS at the mo and the reason I am pointing out this is that this horse last July came to within 3/4 of a length to the might that is Australia the Derby fav...... GET ON QUICK as it was 11/10 price going all the time! In today's meeting Astair has to be the bet of the day!
    5/14/2014 2:16:03 PM
  • Tonight's Naas meeting really is fascinating. There are loads of really interesting runners - and Aidan trains most of them!
    5/14/2014 2:16:47 PM
  • They're going in for the Duke of York. Best of luck with your wagers one and all!
    5/14/2014 2:17:09 PM
  • Well done to all of the Maarek fans who were in touch earlier. You were all right. Class told and Maarek won.
    5/14/2014 2:18:38 PM
  • And it told at 12/1!
    5/14/2014 2:19:13 PM
  • One of the wise old owls of the press room has just hooted 'There's no good sprinters about at present'. A bit harsh, that!
    5/14/2014 2:19:54 PM
  • 3.15 RESULT: 1st Maarek 12/1, 2nd Astaire 5/1, 3rd Es Que Love 12/1.
    5/14/2014 2:20:46 PM
  • solid run from Maarek and Astaire is one to follow this year, great run
    5/14/2014 2:20:53 PM
  • Travelled lovely, Jay D. A solid effort in a fair renewal. If the handicapper chisels 4lb off Jack Dexter's mark and it could be next stop Wokingham maybe...
    5/14/2014 2:22:14 PM
  • Sorry - short interlude in order to share a sandwich at the picnic. What's happened? Oh yes, my Placepot's gone down. That's what's happened. Bah.
    5/14/2014 3:02:53 PM
  • RESULT - 3.50 YORK: 1st That Is The Spirit 5/2F, 2nd Shot In The Sun 14/1, 3rd Inyordreams 33/1, 4th Tiger Twenty Two 25/1.
    5/14/2014 3:03:52 PM
  • Expected a big run from Idea in the 3.50 at York. Didn't happen, gutted!
    5/14/2014 3:04:04 PM
  • And Smike is here himself. Like you, he looked a bit disappointed by it all. Mind you, although it's harder to be sure with greys, I didn't think he looked fully fit to be honest. Had every chance two furlongs out but didn't pick up.
    5/14/2014 3:05:12 PM
  • To your WOO mate Maarek is a very good sprinter with cut in the ground.
    5/14/2014 3:05:25 PM
  • Wise old owl is being very polite. I was merely pointing out that just because the horses you wanted to run well haven't run well, doesn't make them all bad horses!
    5/14/2014 3:07:08 PM
  • CARLA IS UP AGAINST OBRIENS JUST GORGEOUS
    5/14/2014 3:07:12 PM
  • And Just Gorgeous is probably quite a decent filly, according to Aidan. Could be a very informative card there this evening. Well worth tuning in for.
    5/14/2014 3:08:44 PM
  • Authorising myself a little punt on Selmy and Rogue Wave...
    5/14/2014 3:08:51 PM
  • At least you got your money back on one of them! Well done on having 50/1 on a live Oaks candidate.
    5/14/2014 3:12:07 PM
  • JOHNSTONE ALWAYS INTRODUCES HIS BEST 2YR OLDS AT AYR
    5/14/2014 3:12:10 PM
  • Possibly true, Paul, but she faces a tough task against five boys. I wouldn't be surprised to see Winstanley turn the form around on 7lb better terms personally.
    5/14/2014 3:13:20 PM
  • In fact, I fancy him strongly to turn the form around as she is a non-runner.
    5/14/2014 3:22:11 PM
  • Only five to go in this - best of luck with your wagers - and they're off...
    5/14/2014 3:27:14 PM
  • It's a double for Graham Gibbons as Mignolino scores in the British Stallions EBF Novice Stakes, stepping up considerably on his debut effort.
    5/14/2014 3:30:50 PM
  • RESULT 4.25: 1st Mignolino 5/1, 2nd Abscent Friends 4/1
    5/14/2014 3:31:41 PM
  • Those five-foot bins I was telling you about. Just thought you should see them. Or you might have thought I was lying.

    5/14/2014 3:35:44 PM
  • Oof. Nice Placepot. Always hurts.
    5/14/2014 3:54:04 PM
  • So it's eyes down for the final race, the Coopers Marquees Stakes. Richard Fahey's Gabrial's Star is the hot favourite and the trainer was unusually bullish in his column for this website yesterday when saying that if he had a nap of the meeting, this was it. Frankly, he's not had a cracking day with his other runners, so let's hope this can get him smiling as I have to meet him tomorrow to do his runners for Friday and Saturday and I really don't want him to be in a bad mood.
    5/14/2014 3:55:37 PM
  • Don't forget Aidan's tip for later - Due Diligence in the 6.45 at Naas. Remember to blame him not me when it drifts out to 6/1 and gets done by a well-backed stablemate. I am only the conduit.
    5/14/2014 3:58:18 PM
  • Cheers have done the same for tomorrow with a Derby bet on Bunker... as I am not that lucky that is a little pointer on which horse not to back tomorrow...and as I have an auntie called Marjorie who lives in Fife go Sherman in the lucky last...
    5/14/2014 3:58:22 PM
  • If Sherman McCoy wins this, I am going to go and find Marjorie Fife and tell her that story, JP. Best of luck with Bunker. I'm looking forward to having a look at tomorrow's card properly in between Naas races this evening.
    5/14/2014 3:59:20 PM
  • Gabrial's Star now the best-backed horse of the whole day. How will Wednesday end up for the bookies?
    5/14/2014 4:01:51 PM
  • They're off!
    5/14/2014 4:02:41 PM
  • Ouch. Champagne for the bookies and the blues for Fahey fans.
    5/14/2014 4:06:08 PM
  • 5.00 YORK: 1st Streets of Newyork 12/1 2nd Pilgrims Rest 20/1 3rd Astra Hall 15/2
    5/14/2014 4:06:48 PM
  • Just changed my mind from Streetofnewyork to O ma lad!
    5/14/2014 4:06:51 PM
  • This game has brought many a great man to their knees in such a way, Mark. Take courage for tomorrow is another day.
    5/14/2014 4:07:12 PM
  • And on that note, it's time to wrap things up for today. My grateful thanks for your considerable correspondence and the best of fortunes for any investment this evening, presuming you have placed them all with 'due diligence'. I look forward to joining you tomorrow for a thorough test of True Story's mettle in the Dante Stakes and other fun and games.
    5/14/2014 4:09:36 PM
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