Racing fans are being spoilt at the moment. Fresh off Chester’s May meeting last week, we’ve got three days of fantastic action at York to look forward to with the Dante Festival.
Our racing expert is here with his two best bets ahead of the action, which gets underway on Wednesday.
Infinity Tyres Handicap (2.25pm Wednesday)
Having gone through the cards at York, one bet really sticks out on the Wednesday. Richard Fahey’s Great Prospector looks very interesting in the Infinity Tyres Handicap back down to six furlongs.
The son of Elzaam has been tried over further in his past few starts, but hasn’t been seeing out his races and looks much more suited by this shorter trip. His best form has come on a sounder surface, so he should at home on the expected good ground on the Knavesmire.
He ran a great race last time when third to Safe Voyage at Haydock and the form of that run has been franked with the winner claiming a Listed contest the next time.
Great Prospector runs off the same mark of 94 here and looks primed to go well at 12/1 in a race Fahey won last year with George Bowen.
Dante Stakes (Thursday 3.00pm)
Well this could be an absolute cracker of a race! The unbeaten Too Darn Hot comes up against Aidan O’Brien’s Japan.
Too Darn Hot has looked an absolute superstar in his career so far, unbeaten in four starts including a very strong performance in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes at the end of last season.
He was scheduled to run in the 2000 Guineas but was met with a setback and instead begins his three-year-old season here. He’s the rightful favourite at 7/4, but I’m not entirely convinced about his preparation and at the prices, O’Brien’s runner is preferred.
Despite a number of pleasant looking performances recently from other O’Brien runners, Japan has always been identified as the stable’s number one Derby contender. Granted, he has had a slightly interrupted preparation too, but the Ballydoyle handler wouldn’t be sending him here if he didn’t think he was raring to go and was capable of beating Too Darn Hot.
The step up to 1m2f is bound to suit and providing he’s feeling no ill effects of the minor injury he picked up earlier on in the season, I expect him to prove very hard to beat. Take the 11/4 as he could easily go off half the price come the day.