Dante Stakes – The Contenders

The Group 2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes, worth almost £100,000 to the winner, is proving to be one of the most anticipated races of the flat season so far. The race at York will see Epsom Derby favourite Too Darn Hot from the John Gosden yard take on Aidan O’Brien’s Japan and six others in what promises to be a top-class race over an extended mile and a quarter. Here is a rundown on the contenders.

3.00 York 
TOO DARN HOT (Trainer: John Gosden, Jockey: Frankie Dettori) 11-10: Unbeaten in four starts as a 2yo but after a setback has much to prove here despite being hot favourite.

JAPAN (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Ryan Moore) 11-2: Has shown improvement in second and third runs of career and no doubts over stamina.

TELECASTER (T: Hughie Morrison, J: Oisin Murphy) 6-1: Solid displays to date though this represents a big step up.

LINE OF DUTY (T: Charlie Appleby, J: James Doyle) 7-1: Exciting prospect having won at Breeders’ Cup, one of three wins out of five as a 2y0.

SURFMAN (T: Roger Varian, J: Andrea Atzeni) 7-1: Did what was expected on first run of the year. Remains to be seen if he has the ability to win this.

ALMANIA (T: Michael Stoute, J: Jim Crowley) 22-1: Bit of an unknown quantity in a race of this quality and over the distance. One to watch.

NAYEF ROAD (T: Mark Johnston, J: Silvestre De Sousa) 33-1: Price looks about right, although stamina no worries based on win at Newmarket on seasonal bow.

TURGENEV (T: John Gosden, J: Kieran O’Neill) 50-1: A couple of very promising wins, but last run as 2yo in Group 1 left him exposed. Last run was better but still needs to improve plenty.


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