Today's Racing News: It's D-Day at York

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Ryan Moore won the Musidora on Snowfall and is on the favourite in The Dubai Dante Stakes at York today

Betfair ambassador Ryan Moore has been in flying form at York and he holds all the aces on day two as Dante favourite High Definition puts Derby credentials on the line.

"Let's hope he is a star and not in need of a couple of rowing awes".

It's no surprise that all eyes will be on York this afternoon but there are competitive meetings around the country with a flat card at Salisbury and a jumps meeting at Perth.

Newmarket and Fontwell provide evening entertainment to ensure punters will be kept busy around the clock on Thursday.

First, a very quick recap on yesterday's action.

A star shines and Snow-falls in Oaks market


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Starman lit up the sprint division with an excellent display to claim the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Stakes over William Haggas' Nahaarr. Joint favourites Oxted and Art Power could only manage third and sixth but all roads lead to Royal Ascot for the Ed Walker star, who will surely prove tough to beat.

Snowfall led from pillar to post to see off her rivals in the feature Group 3 Musidora Stakes. Aidan O'Brien's runner was cut from a general 33/1 chance into 6/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook for the Epsom Oaks after she claimed the scalp of Stoute's well supported Noon Star.

Elsewhere, Ilaraab looked potential Group material after his dominant win in the opener while Mr Lupton rolled back the years with a fourth Yorkshire victory and Rifleman got the Wobwobwob wobbles as Tony Calvin's selection ran out a commanding victor.

Dante to give Derby hints

The 15:10 Group 2 Dante Stakes takes centre stage today with Irish raider High Definition 2.942/1 proving popular at the head of the market.

His challengers perhaps don't have the lofty rating that he has just yet but are at least of a level and open to vast improvement, so it's no gimme for the favourite. This race down the years has produced some superstars as well as four Epsom Derby winners with Golden Horn the most recent in 2015. It's probably wise to ignore the ratings, to a degree, Crystal Ocean came into this race in 2017 rated just 89 and Wings of Desire, the 2016 winner and subsequent Derby 4th, was rated 88.

However, Ryan Moore will be hoping that High Definition can produce a stand out performance and bring clarity to a currently murky Epsom Derby picture for which he is priced at 5.85/1.

A corker of a race and very informative for the season so be sure to act in the Epsom Derby Market if you fancy one and avoid being under the avalanche of a snowfall.

Timeform head to HQ


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Timeform offer up three of their best bets over at Newmarket in what looks a brilliant evening card.

Read what the guy's have to say here.

Race of the day

It's not all about one race at York but the 15:10 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes is the race of the day and it may not be as one-sided as the market suggests. The two form horses, High Definition and Group 1 winner, Gear Up, both make their reappearance to add another complicated piece to a very tricky puzzle.

Aidan O'Brien's High Definition comes with a big reputation after back to back wins in Ireland from seemingly impossible positions. Visually, those performances were impressive and the form of the Group 2 Beresford Stakes when last seen has worked out well after the runner up finished a close third to the subsequent English 2,000 Guineas winner, Poetic Flare.

The time figures of his two runs have been below what's required at the top level and I must admit, he leaves you scratching your head a little bit. This is his first run of the season and it just feels as though the negatives are piling up. Let's hope he is a star and not in need of a couple of rowing awes.

Hurricane Lane impressed at Newbury when he ground out victory over a subsequent Listed-placed horse in Maximal and he won with a good deal of authority on that occasion. He is a beautifully bred son of Frankel and will want a good pace on here to use his stamina to full effect and will have no trouble over further down the line. That could be his downfall but he has done nothing but impress me in his two unbeaten starts.

John Gosden is a three-time winner of this race and it's a surprise to see Frankie Dettori ditch Megallan in favour of the bigger priced Uncle Bryn. Megallan has been a slow burner for the yard but ultimately progressive and has been crying out for this step up in trip. With French Derby aspirations he could just prove to be the horse with a turn of foot in the race should it get tactical.

Moore Magic


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Ryan Moore has ridden 8 winners from his last 14 rides, get his views on the big one right here.

Read Ryan's column here.

Stat of the day

Over 10f at York such as today's 14:10 and 15:10, stalls 1 and 8 have proved the least profitable when there are 10 or fewer runner's with a return of investment of - 42.7% and - 68.6%.

Queen Power, Uncle Bryn and Roman Empire hold these stall's today.

Rhys Williams with one to revel in conditions

Betfair's daily tipster Rhys Williams has a one point win selection at Salisbury today.

Read Rhys column here.

Soft in the south as Salisbury set to receive more rain


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The going looks set to ease at Salisbury and Fontwell tomorrow with rain due overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning. Salisbury's flat card already has an official going description of soft, so it may take some getting.

It goes without saying mudlarks will be the feature of the day so it's surprising that there are only three runners on the entire card that have won on soft ground.

They are - Joi Choi in the 16:25 Class 5 Handicap over 6f and James Park Woods and Elegant Erin who both run in the 15:55 Apprentice Handicap.

Calvin going back to back

Tony Calvin goes in search of back to back profitable days at the York festival after scoring on day one with WobWobWob 8.07/1.

Tony has two tips for today's action.

Read Tony's column here.

Final Word

Albert Einstein once said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". So why do some ignore that fact when it comes to horses?

Case and point - yesterday on the box I heard someone say "That horse will win a big pot over this trip this season" after the horse had just suffered its seventh defeat in a row over that very same trip.

Now, I am all for forgiving a horse a run or two, its the way to value town and we all have had our fair share of cliff horses but you need to know when enough is enough before you fall in line with the quote above.

Improvement in a horse needs to come from somewhere whether it be the ground, track, trip or even headgear but to expect an improved performance out of thin air is quite frankly, insane.

Instead, try and look for reasons why a horse will or won't improve and if they have been beaten seven times over the same trip and have no change in circumstance, then avoid.

Until tomorrow, be lucky.

Follow Daryl Carter on Twitter @DarylCarter7

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