Great racing this week on good ground at Yorkshires premier racecourse and hopefully some clues to the events at Epsom in a few weeks time. We have some fancies in the key races today and are expecting big runs from them at decent prices
2.20 BETFRED “SUPPORTS JACK BERRY HOUSE” HANDICAP (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-105) Winner £18,675 18 runners 5f Good To Firm ITV4
A terrific 5 furlong sprint with a lot of the usual suspects. Anyone who saw El Astronaute get across from stall 12 last week at Chester with electric speed and all but hang on must have been impressed but might he set it up again for a closer. If he does that could be Paul Midgleys horse, Line of Reason who looks like he is coming back to form and his stable are having winners now as well. Back both with bet 365 and take the 5 places on offer at a slightly lesser price.
1 unit e/w 5 places – Line of Reason @ 9/1 with Bet 365
2.55 BETFRED MIDDLETON STAKES (GROUP 2) (FILLIES & MARES) (Class 1) (4yo+) Winner £70,888 7 runners 1m2f56y Good To Firm ITV4
A really strong renewal of this event where none of the entrants would be a surprise winner. Coronet, Mori and Chain of Daisies look the most logical with Ryan Moore’s description of his mount Mori and her current work in addition to more appropriate track conditions holding sway with us. Henry Candy’s runner, Chain of Daisies worries us most.
3.30 BETFRED DANTE STAKES (GROUP 2) (Class 1) (3yo) Winner £93,572 9 runners 1m2f56y Good To Firm ITV4
This is a terrific race. Crossed Batons brings quality form to the race after his Epsom win with the 3rd having run well at Chester last week. Mildenberger looks sure to be suited by the extra distance and looks a real player for Mark Johnston, Roaring Lion was close to Saxon warrior and was definitely staying on at the end of the Guineas and that is rock solid form and perhaps is being too easily overlooked if his conqueror is as short as 11-10 to win the Epsom classic. However our fancy is Wells Farhh Go who should, on breeding be even better than the 111 he recorded over 7f at this longer trip and still a decent price.
4.05 BETFRED TV HAMBLETON HANDICAP (Class 2) (4yo+) Winner £31,125 10 runners 7f192y Good To Firm ITV4
Not the easiest contest to wrap up the ITV coverage. We tipped up Baraweez last week at Chester who came good at 8/1 and was incredibly impressive. Problem is he doesnt often run the same race twice. If he does he will be hard to beat. Our fancy is Larchmont lad. He is capable of a lot better than recent showings and he just might be ready to win again in the hands of inform trainer David O’Meara.
1 unit E/W Barraweez @ 11/2 with Bet 365