York Dante Festival Meeting Day Two Preview 2024

York Dante Festival Meeting Day Two Preview 2024

Day Two of the Dante Festival at York features the namesakes Dante Stakes, Middleton Stakes and the Westow Stakes for plenty of top quality action. We've previewed the second day of the meeting with our picks for the afternoon.

York - May 15 2024
York 13:15
15(6)
Connor Planas

Good Earth

J:
 
Connor Planas
T:
 
Michael Herrington
Age: 7
Weight: 8-8
OR: 87
Days: 19

In such a wide open looking race, a chance is taken on Good Earth who could well be ready to run a big race at a huge price.

He's not had a great start to 2024 but he's race fit and drops back down to 5 furlongs which is the distance where he last won a race.

York can be quite a tricky track for certain horses but he's shown in the past he can go close here so that experience will be vital.

Jockey Connor Planas also does very well when riding at this course, he boasts an impressive 43% strike rate at York.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/06/24WDR5GF9-56
16/05/24YOR5Gd8-511
27/04/24DON6Sft9-712
06/04/24KEM6St/Slw9-011
23/09/23YOR5GS9-216
York - May 15 2024
York 13:45
1(14)
Rossa Ryan

Grey's Monument

J:
 
Rossa Ryan
T:
 
Ralph Beckett
Age: 4
Weight: 9-12
OR: 106
Days: 54

18/1 should prove too big of a price for this previous course and distance winner who wasn't disgraced behind the talented Charyn on return 54 days ago.

Down in Class for this and should come on for that seasonal reappearance so is likely to run a solid race with the usual blinkers back on.

Yard in good form and he's also won at the 7 furlong trip before so that shouldn't hinder his chances in what is an open looking race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/05/24YOR8Gd9-1210
23/03/24DON8Sft9-53
06/12/23KEM8St/Slw9-51
15/10/23GOO8Sft9-113
16/05/23SAN8GS9-22
York - May 15 2024
York 14:15
4(5)
Ryan Moore

Infinite Cosmos

J:
 
Ryan Moore
T:
 
Sir Michael Stoute
Age: 4
Weight: 9-2
OR: 104
Days: 239

She's well bred and probably should have more than just the one career win so far but Ryan Moore is booked to ride and when she last won he was on her back.

She remains with big potential for a shrewd yard so with some of the results we saw yesterday it would be no surprise to see more favs getting beat.

Can be competitive here and is fancied to reverse form with one rival Sapphire Seas.

Has also gone close at York before so maybe today is where she goes one better.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/09/23YAR10Gd8-133
17/05/23YOR10.5Gd9-23
05/05/23NMK10Gd9-21
21/10/22DON8Sft9-22
York - May 15 2024
York 14:45
2(5)
William Buick

Ancient Wisdom

J:
 
William Buick
T:
 
Charlie Appleby
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 115
Days: 201

This expensive son of Dubawi was a real eye-catcher last season winning 4 of his 5 outings for Godolphin.

He looks to be a horse who won't mind this slight step up in trip so he really does look the one to beat here.

There should be even more to come from him this campaign and after his last win in the Futurity Trophy at Doncaster in October, he's fancied to notch up another career success which could see him also line up in the Derby.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/05/24YOR10.5Gd9-22
28/10/23DON8Hy9-31
14/10/23NMK8Sft9-31
29/07/23ASC7Gd9-53
24/06/23NMK7Gd9-101
York - May 15 2024
York 15:15
3(6)
Hollie Doyle

Kylian

J:
 
Hollie Doyle
T:
 
Archie Watson
Age: 3
Weight: 9-4
OR: 101
Days: 244

Looked a potential superstar for old trainer Karl Burke and it'll be interesting to see how he fares on debut for new yard.

The favourite could just go and win but is worth taking on and Kylian's new trainer Archie Watson has a decent record (23.49% strike rate) when horses run for him after a stable switch.

Further market support would be significant but he's one to watch regardless.

York - May 15 2024
York 15:45
10(9)
Ryan Moore

Seattle

J:
 
Ryan Moore
T:
 
A P O'Brien
Age: 2
Weight: 9-7
OR: N/A

This superbly bred colt was a very expensive purchase as a yearling and it would be no surprise seeing Aidan O'Brien have another top horse here.

These races can be quite open but early market support suggests he should be tough to beat on debut.

Yard are also in cracking form ahead of this and sending him over to York must mean he's one to take seriously.

York - May 15 2024
York 16:20
4(6)
Rossa Ryan

Whiskey Pete

J:
 
Rossa Ryan
T:
 
Ralph Beckett
Age: 3
Weight: 9-5
OR: 89
Days: 215

Will be making his seasonal reappearance here and although he won't have race fitness on his side he should be one of the classier horses in this.

Won at this course when last seen and more should be expected as he steps up in trip.

Also down in Class and should be able to go close for a yard who seem to be hitting form at a good time.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/06/24EPS10GS9-67
16/05/24YOR12Gd9-5PU
14/10/23YOR8Sft9-91
20/09/23SAN8GS9-73
11/08/23HAY8Gd9-73