Dante Stakes 2018: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Frankie Dettori rides Crossed Baton in Thursday's Dante Stakes at York
Frankie Dettori rides Crossed Baton in Thursday's Dante Stakes at York
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Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Dante Stakes, and pick out their 1-2-3...

"Looks ready for this longer trip and is a big player."

Timeform on Mildenberger

1. CROSSED BATON (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori (8))

Progressed with each of his four starts thus far, winning his last three, the latest when winning the listed Classic Trial at Epsom (10.1f, good) 22 days ago. This is tougher but dangerous to rule out.

2. JAMES COOK (IRE) (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore (1))

Useful form at two, winning an 11-runner maiden at Leopardstown last October. Shaped better than distance beaten when 3¼ lengths fourth to Crossed Baton in listed race at Epsom last month. Boasts a tremendous pedigree and likely we haven't seen the best of him yet.

3. MERLIN MAGIC (David Elsworth/Silvestre De Sousa (2))

Useful colt who posted improved form last time with a decisive victory in an 8-runner handicap at Sandown (8f, soft) 20 days ago. Should appreciate this longer trip but in much deeper here.

4. MILDENBERGER (Mark Johnston/James Doyle (9))

Useful as a juvenile (winning on three occations) and upped his game further when winning the Fielden Stakes (listed) at Newmarket (9f, good to soft) last month. Looks ready for this longer trip and is a big player.

5. NORDIC LIGHTS (Charlie Appleby/William Buick (5))

Won both of his starts to date, taking his form up a notch or 2 when landing a minor event at Newmarket (10f, good) 28 days ago. Well worth a crack at this grade and further progress is on the cards.

6.ROARING LION (USA) (John Gosden/Oisin Murphy (4))

Went from strength to strength as a two-year-old, winning the Royal Lodge Stakes prior to going close in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Back on track when fifth in 2000 Guineas last time and must be respected here.

7. WELLS FARHH GO (IRE) (Tim Easterby/David Allan (7))

Built on debut success when taking 11-runner Acomb Stakes at this course (7f, good to soft) in August. May well do better this season, particularly now stepped up in trip, and merits consideration.

8. WHITE MOCHA (USA) Hugo Palmer/Jim Crowley (6))

Had a productive 2-y-o campaign, winning 2 of his 3 starts, and posted useful second, albeit no match for the winner, in Craven Stakes on return last month. Should do better yet but others preferred.

9. ZABRISKIE (IRE) (Aidan O'Brien/Seamie Heffernan (3))

Tipperary maiden winner on second run last season but failed to beat a rival home in Newmarket Group 3 next time. Well held behind Crossed Baton on Epsom return and makes limited appeal.

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