Today's Racing News: On the eve of greatness

All eye's on York this week

Classic clues to come from York as we approach the eve of the three day spectacular Dante meeting but first a busy Tuesday with no less than six meetings to get stuck into.

"That help from the handicapper along with the claimer aboard today place him on his lowest handicap mark since 2017."

A jam packed day of racing action will keep the mind firmly on the job for punters on Tuesday with four UK meeting's.

If flat action at Beverley, Wetherby and Ayr with a jumps meeting at Sedgefield isn't enough to keep you busy then add two flat meetings at Roscommon and Killarney across the Irish sea and you will be ready for an early one at the end of today.

Chepstow is wetter than an otters pocket after 108mm in the last 10 days and today's meeting is off.

Day one Dante declarations don't disappoint

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The three day Dante Festival at York will begin on Wednesday and if you haven't seen the final declarations you're in for a right treat as the big guns all stood their ground.

The 1m2f Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at 3.10 saw eight declare including ante post favorite Teona 2.35/4. Roger Varian's impressive Newcastle all weather scorer has been heavily backed overnight and is the current market leader. Noon Star 3.1511/5 for Sir Michael Stoute will bid for the hattrick while five time winning trainer John Gosden is represented by Senita 1413/1 partnered by Frankie Dettori.

The Group 2 6f Duke Of York Clipper Stakes saw Oxted 4.57/2, Art Power 3.814/5, Starman 5.49/2, Summerghand 11.521/2 and Brando 20.019/1 all stand their ground as the five renew rivalry from their Ascot Champion Stakes meeting in which latter came out on top.

The opening 1.40 Class 2 Ebor Jorvik Handicap attracted a high class field of 16 in a race that promises to be form to follow and the card is rounded off with a maximum field of 20 in the Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap at 4.50 in what promises to be a mouth watering opening to the festival.

A quick recap of yesterday's action.

Samcro bounces back but Brentford hopeless at Windsor

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It was a tough 15 mins for punters on Monday evening between 6.30 and 6.45.

He was hardly the force of old but Samcro 8.27/1 bounced back to form with victory at Killarney in the Grade 3 An Roicht Chase in a hard fought win over favorite Cilaos Emery.

Cilaos Emery was matched at 1.071/14 in running but made a mistake at the final flight to allow Samcro a chance to close. Samcro in turn, hit a high of 26.025/1 during the race but got up to win in the closing stages by neck.

Over at Windsor favorite Brentford Hope 3.814/5 finished a thirteen length fifth of six in the Listed Racing Welfare Royal Windsor Stakes as he failed to handle the step up in grade in a bitterly disappointing seasonal return.

It was the opposite story for Sir Michael Stoute's Solid Stone 4.03/1 who ploughed his own path on the stands side rail as Stormy Antarctic who traded as low as 2.111/10 led the remainder down the center. An excellent piece of race riding from Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore ultimately won the day.

Dudman's 9/1 Double


Alan's at Ayr as top tipster goes in search of some double bubble.

Read Alan's two selections here.

Race Of the Day

Plenty of action to chose from but 8.05 Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week Handicap (Class 4) over 1m2f with the dead eight runners and three places is right up my street for a bet.

Anythingtoday's opening Betfair Sportsbook odds of 9/2 didn't last long but he still looks a favorable price under talented 3lb claiming jockey Ben Sanderson off this much reduced handicap mark of 86 now dropped into Class 4 Company for the first time since 2019 in which he scored off a 1lb higher mark.

The cheek-pieces have been missing in his two runs this season but go back on today after he dropped a hint at Newcastle that a return to form may be imminent and a 3lb drop by the handicapper will only aid his cause.

That help from the handicapper along with the claimer aboard today place him on his lowest handicap mark since 2017. He has a strong piece of course and distance form to his name from 2019 and held his form well in some top class handicaps at the back end of last term so the ability is still in tact and a revival could be on the cards for the seven-year-old.

It wont be plain sailing with Mark Johnston's unexposed Dream With Me likely to play a leading roll. He showed a willing attitude to hold of a subsequent winner over course and distance last time and on that evidence a 4lb rise may not be enough to stop him although his opening odds of 10/11 on the Betfair Sportsbook were hardly this working mans price. He has since had a drift with the market in favor of Anythingtoday.

Ayr Poet is a likeable type for Trainer Jim Goldie but takes a big step up in class on the back of his win off 6lbs lower at Musselburgh and will need to improve again to mix it with the likes of the two above and he is the one likely to trade bigger come race time.

Rhys Williams goes in search for value at Killarney with a big priced selection


Betfair's racing expert Rhys Williams heads across the Irish sea for his each way selection.

Read Rhys' selection here.

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Timeform head to Beverley

Beverley.jpg With plenty of action up and down the country as Timeform give their three best bets at Beverley.

Read what the guy's have to say here.

Traders at the ready as Wetherby attract max field sizes

Today's Wetherby fixture has attracted maximum participants for four of their seven race card meeting and it would have been five but for a non-runner in the 6.50 demoting the field to fifteen from the maximum sixteen.

The 5.50 1m2f Class 5 Novice Stakes race, 6.20 1m2f Class 5 Handicap, 7.55 5 1/2f Class 5 handicap and the 8.25 5 1/2f Class 5 Handicap all hold maximum fields.

It may prove to be a tricky evening for those trying to find a winner of the big field handicap's but it's the place to be if you're a trader.

Calvin out to claim more cash

Betfair's top tipster Tony Calvin fresh from two winners on Saturday including Ascot Victoria Cup winner River Nymph advised at 1514/1 gears up for an assault on the Knavesmire.

Read Tony's column here.

Final Word

It's a jolly good time to be a race fan with York's Dante meeting just over the horizon and the news announced on Monday that racecourses are set to welcome back fans from the 17th May.

It's a big positive for everyone involved in the sport as well as the population in general and it couldn't have come quick enough at a time when mental health is at the forefront of everyone's minds.

So as soon as you can I plead you to come to a racecourse and have a few pints as the tracks will be relying on fan support to pick them up off the ground after a torrid year. How some of the smaller courses have managed to keep their doors open is nothing short of a miracle but now its up to us, the racing fans to get them back on their feet so be sure to play your part.

Until tomorrow, be lucky.

Follow Daryl Carter on Twitter @DarylCarter7

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