Through The Card: York, Wednesday May 11

The Group 2  Duke of York Stakes takes place at York on Wednesday
The Group 2 Duke of York Stakes takes place at York on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card on the first day of York's Dante Meeting on Wednesday.

"With Ryan Moore maintaining the partnership, Chief Whip is worth a bet..."

14:10 - Kevin Ryan's Erik The Red ended 2015 on an upward curve and his fine reappearance effort when a neck second to You're Fired in a big-field handicap at Haydock strongly suggested that there is even more to come this year. Erik The Red looked unlucky not to win that day having met trouble, and he's well drawn here in stall 2 and with the step back up in trip to an extended mile and a quarter also in his favour. Lord Ben Stack is a big horse and his best form has come on slower ground, but he's feared nonetheless, while Nayel and Revolutionist are others to consider.

14:40 - George Dryden won a big-field handicap over C&D last September and made a really positive return when a neck second to Avon Breeze at Ripon, so it's easy to see why he could run a big race in this highly competitive sprint. There are several others with interesting profiles, including the Kevin Ryan-trained pair Bogart and Flaming Spear, the former 9 below his last winning mark (albeit in 2013, at this track) and the latter the least exposed in the field and trying six furlongs for just the second time (made his winning juvenile debut over the trip). Tatlisu shaped as if he'd come on for the run when mid-field in the race contested by George Dryden at Ripon on his return and has the services of Ryan Moore, so could also run well.

15:15 - This is a strong renewal of the Duke of York, but Magical Memory climbed the ranks impressively last season and in the end won with a bit up his sleeve in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on his return (Tupi second, Mattmu third), so he can make the most of the 5 lb he receives from Twilight Son. Twilight Son won the Sprint Cup at Haydock last term, when he had Magical Memory hot on his hooves in third, and his only defeat so far came when second to Muhaarar in the Champions Sprint at Ascot. Danzeno finished third in the last-named race, a length and a half behind Twilight Son, and completes a natural shortlist.

15:45 - So Mi Dar was recommended for the Oaks at 33/1 in our latest Horses To Follow book and she put herself firmly in the picture for that race when readily beating the colts in the Epsom Derby Trial three weeks ago. That form has worked out well with the placed horses winning the Dee Stakes and Lingfield Derby Trial since, and So Mi Dar can provide John Gosden with his fourth success in the Musidora Stakes since 2011. Fireglow finished an excellent fourth in the 1000 Guineas and is bred for this trip, so is feared, while Best In The World has to be respected given her yard's very strong hand of three-year-old fillies.

16:20 - The Sandown maiden won by Chief Whip on his sole start last year worked out well, and the positives certainly outweighed the negatives when he was third to Czabo in the Esher Cup on last month's reappearance at that venue. With Ryan Moore maintaining the partnership, Chief Whip is worth a bet at around 6.411/2. Typically for a three-year-old handicap at this time of year, any number are open to progress, with Constantino (closely related to Amazing Maria and another of our Fifty to Follow this year) and Castle Harbour topping the list.

16:50 - Godolphin' Kananee looked a useful prospect when easily landing his maiden at Lingfield two weeks ago and sets a high standard, even with a 6-lb penalty. Logi and Comedy School make plenty of appeal among the newcomers, though it's interesting that money has already come for Hemingway (representing same connections as Bogart, who enjoy having winners at this track) and Computable.

17:20 - Fast Pick has looked a much improved model for Keith Dalgleish this term, winning twice at Wolverhampton, getting the better of subsequent dual scorer Indira on her latest outing. A 6 lb rise ought to be within her compass and she could well complete the hat-trick if proving as effective back on turf. This is ultra-competitive, however, with dangers headed by Muhaafiz, Prendergast Hill and Busy Street.

Recommendations:

Back Erik The Red in the 14:10
Back Chief Whip in the 16:20

Placepot permutation:
14:10 - 7, 10
14:40 - 1, 17
15:15 - 7
15:45 - 7
16:20 - 8, 18
16:50 - 1
= 6 lines

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