York comes under the spotlight as Templegate tries to find a host of winners on a busy Thursday
I’M up for the Crack in the Betfred Dante Stakes (3.30) at York.
CRACKSMAN did well to win the Derby Trial at Epsom last month and looks sure to improve from that success.
He won a Newmarket maiden on easy ground last season so should cope with today’s conditions.
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2.20 YORK: I’ve got this under Revue.
EAST STREET REVUE has a decent record at this track. He beat Love On The Rocks over course and distance in August and he’s returned this year in good form.
His head second to Edward Lewis at Beverley has worked out well and last week’s Newmarket fourth was another good effort. He’s got form on easy ground and generally runs his race.
Duke Of Firenze beat subsequent Group 3 scorer Brando to win this race 12 months ago. He’s 13lbs higher this time but was a bit unlucky at Chester last week.
Robot Boy in in great form and Soie D’Leau goes well on soft ground. Move In Time was a Group 1 winner in 2014 but he’s nowhere near that level these days.
2.55 YORK: SO MI DAR should hit the right note.
She landed the Musidora at this meeting last year but missed most of the summer through injury.
John Gosden’s filly returned in September to win a Yarmouth Listed prize and she was only beaten half a length in a Group 1 at Chantilly on Arc day.
I’ve confident she will handle the soft conditions better than main rival Queen’s Trust. Sir Michael Stoute’s hope is one of my horses to follow for the season.
But I will be surprised if she’s seen at her best today.
She was placed in three Group1 s before she was successful on firm ground at the Breeders’ Cup in America. There’s no doubting her class and she should come good next time out.
Chain Of Daisies would have a chance if left alone in front but The Black Princess is unlikely to let that happen.
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3.30 YORK: Enjoy the Crack.
Unbeaten CRACKSMAN looked sure to improve a stack for his defeat of Permian in Epsom’s Derby Trial on his return to action last month.
Mark Johnston’s colt got first run on him and my fancy did well to nail him close home.
Today’s race is likely to be run at a stronger pace and his debut win came on good to soft ground. I’m sure Cracksman is smart.
Crystal Ocean is bred to be very good. Those who have gambled him for the Derby in recent days clearly think he is and there was a lot to like about his Nottingham maiden win last month.
Benbatl was third in the Craven less than three weeks after an impressive debut at Doncaster. The step up in distance and softer going should suit this Godolphin hope.
Templegate’s TV Tips
- 2.20 York – East Street Revue
- 2.55 York – So Mi Dar
- 3.30 York – Cracksman
- 4.05 York – Another Touch
4.05 CHESTER: I’m going for ANOTHER TOUCH.
He was only beaten a neck over a mile at this track in October and the form of his Spring Cup second at Newbury last time could not have worked out much better.
The drop to seven furlongs should not be a problem on today’s easier ground.
Thikriyaat might just be too good for the rest. He won a Group 3 at Goodwood last summer having chased home top-class Ribchester at Royal Ascot.
I’m just worried he might find this trip on the short side this season.
Chelsea Lad was pulled up when sent off favourite for the Spring Cup. If he’s over whatever was troubling him he would have a great chance.
2.20 East Street Revue
2.55 So Mi Dar (treble)
4.05 Another Touch (nap)
5.35 Gaelic Tiger
6.10 Excitable Island
6.40 Hazy Tom
7.15 Little Chip
7.50 Can Mestret
8.20 Tom Barton
6.20 Marine One
6.50 Cape Discovery
8.00 Pure Shores
8.30 Warrior’s Spirit
2.30 Rainy City
3.05 Pretty Miss Mahler
4.15 Raise A Spark
4.45 So Satisfied
5.20 Important Moment (nb)
2.10 Scorching Heat
2.45 Sans Souci Bay
3.55 Nurse Nightingale
4.25 Elas Ruby
5.25 Lucky Louie