Dante Stakes Tips, Betting Offers and Odds – 17 May 2018

Dante Stakes Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.30 at York, 17 May 2018

The centrepiece of York’s three day May meeting is the Dante Stakes. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers available for this prestigious event and provide our betting tips for the race.

First run here at York in 1958, this 1m2f 88y contest for three year olds is now a Group 2 affair with around £160,000 in total prize money up for grabs. It attracts some really classy horses and this year is no exception.

Dante Stakes Betting Tips

Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

  • Crossed Baton to win at 9/2 with RaceBets

  • James Cook each way at 15/2 with Bet365

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Dante Stakes 2018 Betting Preview and Tips

Aidan O’Brien is not a man to rest on his laurels. Flat racing’s master trainer has the odds on favourite for this year’s Derby in the shape of Saxon Warrior but he is still taking the lead up to the second colts’ Classic of the year incredibly seriously. As part of those preparations, O’Brien has two entries for the Dante Stakes, one of the leading Derby trials. John Gosden is another big name trainer with two options for what promises to be a very competitive renewal of this Group 2 contest.

Gosden Holds Looks to Hold the Aces at York

Much of the pre race build up for the Dante Stakes has been about the battle between O’Brien and Gosden. Both trainers are taking this one mile, two furlong contest very seriously but it’s the latter who appears to have the best chance. Gosden is taking Roaring Lion and Crossed Baton to York and they’ve both been promptly installed as the bookies’ favourites.

That Roaring Lion is the favourite at a general 2/1 is no surprise. Many people believed that he was unlucky to get beaten in the Racing Post Trophy last season by Saxon Warrior but it was the way that he hung left under pressure that day that was of most concern. Unfortunately for connections, Roaring Lion hung left again when finishing fifth in the 2000 Guineas.

Roaring Lion’s issues under pressure could open the door for Crossed Baton who goes into the Dante Stakes as a 9/2 shot with RaceBets. His last performance was an impressive win at Epsom over 1m2f where he made all the running and only got stronger as the race played out. The way he coped with the tricky Epsom track was a big plus and should this big horse kick on to win the Dante Stakes, he could well be cut significantly in the betting for the Derby.

Don’t Write James Cook Off Yet

James Cook was one of the horses to be well beaten by Crossed Baton in the Investec Blue Riband Trial. His underwhelming performance led some to cross him off their list of potential Derby winners but it may well pay to give the O’Brien colt another shot.

James Cook looked very green on his debut at Navan and wasn’t took much more comfortable when winning a very competitive maiden at Leopardstown next time out. It’s never easy for a three-year-old to make their seasonal reappearance at Epsom given the intricacies of that track and he should be all the better for that extra experience. York is a much flatter track which will surely help James Cook’s chances. He is very well bred and highly thought of at Ballydoyle so back James Cook each way in the Dante Stakes at 15/2 with Bet365.

Wells Farhh Go On the Radar

Wells Farhh Go is making his first appearance of the season at the Dante Stakes and while he’s unlikely to win at York, the Tim Easterby colt is one to keep an eye on. He’s a very big horse who is bred to go longer than 1m2f so if he challenges on Saturday, Wells Farhh Go may well be worth a small stakes bet in the ante post market for the St Leger.

  • 2017 – Permian – jockey Frany Norton, trainer Mark Johnston
  • 2016 – Wings Of Desire – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
  • 2015 – Golden Horn – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosden
  • 2014 – The Grey Gatsby – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Kevin Ryan
  • 2013 – Libertarian – jockey William Buick, trainer Elaine Burke
  • 2012 – Bonfire – jockey Jimmy Fortune, trainer Andrew Balding
  • 2011 – Carlton House – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
  • 2010 – Cape Blanco – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
  • 2009 – Black Bear Island – jockey Colm O’Donoghue, trainer Aidan O’Brien
  • 2008 – Tartan Bearer – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
  • 2007 – Authorized – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam
  • 2006 – Septimus – jockey Kieren Fallon trainer Aidan O’Brien

Dante Stakes History

As one of the key trials for the Epsom Derby, it is appropriate that the race lends its name from a great Derby winner of yesteryear. Trained in Yorkshire, Dante took the 1945 Derby, which was run at Newmarket due to complications caused by the Second World War. Staggeringly as of 2015, no northern trained horse has won the Derby since. The unfortunate Dante never raced again after his Derby success, suffering numerous ailments and eventually going completely blind. He did however enjoy a successful career at stud and his legacy of course lives on with this brilliant race.

Many view this contest as having the most significance of any race in the build up to the Epsom showpiece in June. St Paddy became the first horse to follow up success here with a Derby triumph in 1960, when steered home by the peerless Lester Piggott. John Gosden’s Golden Horn became the 10th to do the double in 2015 and also won the Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe the same year. Many smart performers have taken this over the years with some of the most significant being:

1972 winner Rheingold, who became the first Dante winner to win the Prix de l,Arc de Triomphe, landing the Longchamp showpiece in 1973.

1986 winner Shahrastani also followed up in the Derby. That the Aga Khan’s colt won at Epsom will always however be overshadowed by the fact that all-time great Dancing Brave somehow didn’t. Greville Starkey was hauled over the coals for his tactics in the race and only rode Dancing Brave once more.

Moon Ballad took this for Godolphin in 2002, and whilst he failed to make his mark in the British Classics, he did go on to take the richest race in the world when landing the 2003 Dubai World Cup. Earning over £2million for two minutes work in the process.

In terms of the best ever winner of the race it may well be 2015 winner Golden Horn. As stated above, John Gosden’s superstar also took the Derby, Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in his three year old campaign.

Pat Eddery dominated this race in the 1980s and early 1990s. His six wins between 1981 and 1993 put him comfortably clear in the list of most successful jockeys in this race.

Of Sir Henry Cecil’s seven Dante winners, only 1987 victor Reference Point followed up by landing the big one at Epsom. The brilliant son of Mill Reef didn’t stop their either as he also landed the King George and St.Leger in a stellar three year old season. Sir Henry’s win total puts him at the top of the list of trainers here.

Take a look at our Yorkshire Cup tips too!