Alan Thompson finishes his week in the tipping chair today with two more selections from the York meeting...
"she has had the wind operation over the winter, which can see her return to winning ways today"
The Middleton Stakes is a Group 2 race for fillies over two and a half miles and this year it has assembled some smart entries looking to bag the £70k prize money. Coronet from the John Gosden yard is likely to be popular with punters especially with Frankie Detorri on board and despite having upwards of 3lbs in hand on the remainder of the field on their respective official ratings, I think she will have to be something very special to win this coming off her 208 day break. In the Ribblesdale Coronet beat my fancy for the race Mori and I think the Sir Michael Stoute fillie can reverse that form with her rival and gain her first success in Group company today.
She is an impeccably bred daughter of the mighty Frankel (who won the Juddmonte International over today's course and distance in 2012 and the dam Midday won this race back in 2011) and although her form dipped towards the end of last season she has had the wind operation over the winter, which can see her return to winning ways today. All of her best performances have come on quick ground and although it's a competitive enough Middleton I think with Ryan Moore in the plate they are capable of stepping up and taking this.
The Dante is a major Group 2 trial for the fourth classic of the season (Epsom Derby) and this should give us some hints for that race. The current favourite is Roaring Lion who sets the standard on his Guineas fifth, but the big question is will he stay, all his previous starts have come over the mile, his pedigree is very much 50/50 and with this being his first run on firmer ground, he also has to prove that there are couple of big questions for him to answer today and it may pay to look elsewhere in the field.
My preference therefore is for Mildenberger, who is a two time winner in Listed company and returned this season with a very comfortable success at Newmarket over a mile and a furlong. He spreadeagled the field that day so that win looks solid and he's bred to massively appreciate an extra furlong, so will have no problem with this step up in distance. Local trainer Mark Johnston, who won the race last year with Permian, would be a popular winner if he could make it back-to-back Dantes.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +10.75 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 12 pts
Returned: 8.75 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts