Timeform Shortlist: York, Thursday May 17

The Dante Stakes is the feature race at York on Thursday
The Dante Stakes is the feature race at York on Thursday
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Timeform's free Shortlist comes from York on Thursday.

"...possibly unsuited by the switch to hold-up tactics in the Free Handicap on return 4 weeks ago..."

Timeform on Hey Jonesy

2.20 Betfred 'Supports Jack Berry House' Handicap (2) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
122+ 18. CARLTON FRANKIE Michael Easterby Nathan Evans
121 15. POYLE VINNIE Ruth Carr James Sullivan
120 4. EL ASTRONAUTE John Quinn Jason Hart

Analyst's Verdict:
It could be worth chancing Carlton Frankie on her return after a breathing operation. She was struggling when last seen but has fallen to a tempting mark, and thrived at the start of last season. Next on the shortlist is Poyle Vinnie, back in good heart for his new yard and third in this last year off a 16 lb higher mark. El Astronaute and Major Jumbo are a couple of others with solid claims.


2.55 Betfred Middleton Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1¼m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
129 2. CORONET John Gosden Frankie Dettori
128 6. SMART CALL Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley
125 1. CHAIN OF DAISIES Henry Candy Harry Bentley

Analyst's Verdict:
Mori may not have been suited by the easier ground when below her best on her final 2 starts last term, but is the type of performer her shrewd handler excels with and is taken to make a winning return. Coronet is feared most, despite the slight concern over the drop in trip, whilst Chain of Daisies is also respected.


3.30 Betfred Dante Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1¼m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
134 6. ROARING LION John Gosden Oisin Murphy
126p 4. MILDENBERGER Mark Johnston James Doyle
125p 7. WELLS FARHH GO Tim Easterby David Allan

Analyst's Verdict:
Mildenberger continued his upward curve when taking a Newmarket listed race on his reappearance last month and likely has more to offer yet, with this stiffer test sure to play to his strengths. He is fancied to score. Roaring Lion bounced back to form in the 2000 Guineas and is the obvious danger, whilst dual-course winner Wells Farhh Go is also interesting.


4.05 Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap (2) 7f192y

Timeform Top Rated:
124 5. ORIGINAL CHOICE William Haggas James Doyle
123 10. BARAWEEZ Brian Ellison Phil Dennis (3)
122+ 6. AFAAK Charles Hills Jim Crowley

Analyst's Verdict:
Whilst having the plum draw in stall 1 to work from at Chester last week, Baraweez was still deserving of plenty of credit for making up as much ground as he did from the rear. He remains with handicapping scope on old form and could be worth siding with in his current mood. Original Choice is a thoroughly likeable type who is feared most ahead of Cape Byron.


4.35 British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes (Listed) (1) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
119 6. HEY JONESY Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves
117 3. DECLARATIONOFPEACE Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore
116p 9. MAIN DESIRE Michael Bell Daniel Tudhope

Analyst's Verdict:
Hey Jonesy was possibly unsuited by the switch to hold-up tactics in the Free Handicap on return 4 weeks ago. The drop back to sprinting and the possibility of being ridden more prominently are both positive factors ahead of this, and he can get back on track. Declarationofpeace, Main Desire and Mokaatil head up the list of potential dangers.


5.05 Stratford Place Stud Breeds Group Winners ebfstallions.com Maiden Stakes (2) 6f

Timeform Top Rated:
85 4. I AM A DREAMER Mark Johnston P. J. McDonald

Analyst's Verdict:
Plenty of well-bred newcomers on show, including Burning Lake, who should be suited by this test of speed and hails from a yard that has already had a turf juvenile winner this season. True Belief and First Thought also catch the eye on paper, whilst I Am A Dreamer should also go well with his racecourse experience a big plus.


5.35 Investec Wealth Handicap (3) 2m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
106 10. ARROWTOWN Michael Easterby Nathan Evans
105 11. OCTOBER STORM Mick Channon John Egan
104 12. DENMEAD John Butler Paul Hanagan

Analyst's Verdict:
Arrowtown was rather unlucky to be beaten by October Storm over C&D in October and tops the shortlist after an encouraging comeback at Thirsk. Her old rival October Storm and Kajaki head a number of potential dangers.


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