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York Dante Festival Tips And Predictions For Thursday, 13th May

Robert Mann

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York Dante Festival Tips And Predictions For Thursday, 13th May

The Dante Festival rolls on at York on Thursday and the card is a cracker.

The three-day meeting is the last big chance for horses to book their ticket to Epsom for next month's Derby and Oaks.

Thankfully, crowds are back on the horizon, but it is a great shame that the Dante meeting will be held behind closed doors week.

High Definition is the one to beat on his eagerly awaited reappearance
High Definition is the one to beat on his eagerly awaited reappearance

Today's Dante Stakes is considered the most important of all the Derby trials.

The last horse to do the Dante-Derby double was Golden Horn in 2015, with Motivator (2005) and Authorized (2007) before him.

This year's race is red-hot, with the unbeaten High Definition - the second favourite for the Derby behind stablemate Bolshoi Ballet - heading the betting for Aidan O'Brien.

Our horse racing expert Robert Mann has picked apart York's star-studded card and has selected his three best bets from the meeting this afternoon.

For the third day running, our nap hacked up and we're bidding for the four-timer today.

Thursday's nap is one of the most exciting three-year-old prospects in training right now and looks to take all the beating today.

NAP (best bet)

York 3.10

Tip: High Definition 7/4

High Definition looked a potential star in the making when winning both his two-year-old starts at the Curragh from seemingly impossible positions.

Having been Derby favourite last week, the Aidan O'Brien-trained three-year-old lost that coveted position when his blood test result prevented him from running in the Lingfield Trial on Saturday.

Despite that, however, he still raises the possibility that he will be seen to best effect over longer trips and his overall potential suggests that he is the one to beat on his eagerly awaited reappearance.

Next best

York 3.40

Tip: Winter Power 5/1

Winter Power should take a bit of beating here.

This progressive filly did really well as a two-year-old and looked firmly on the up when last seen making it three wins from her last four with a convincing success in a Group 3 at Newmarket in October.

She has the potential to do even better now and is a major player again today.

Winter Power looked firmly on the up when last seen making it three wins from her last four
Winter Power looked firmly on the up when last seen making it three wins from her last four

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York 4.15

Tip: Yaahobby 7/1

This race features a host of interesting debutants, but Yaahobby is the most intriguing to note.

The William Haggas-trained two-year-old could play a leading role on debut and is in top hands, with top jockey Tom Marquand taking to the saddle.

Tom Marquand had a couple of winners on day one of the Dante Festival on Wednesday
Tom Marquand had a couple of winners on day one of the Dante Festival on Wednesday

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are, as always, subject to change.

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Topics: Horse Racing

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