York’s Betfred Dante Stakes has proved one of the most significant Derby trials in recent years and the 2018 victory of the John Gosden-trained Roaring Lion looked well up to the high standard expected of the one mile two and a half furlong contest following the son of Kitten’s Joy’s comprehensive four and a half length win under jockey Oisin Murphy.
Given quotes of between 6-1 and 8-1 for Epsom glory after his impressive Knavesmire triumph, Roaring Lion’s trainer was quick to warn his supporters that the colt was not guaranteed to take on Qipco 2000 Guineas conqueror Saxon Warrior at Epsom, with the France’s Prix du Jockey Club also under consideration, of which Gosden elaborated: “ I’d absolutely advise people to wait. We’ve set ourselves something to think about. He hit the line strong, galloped out well, and we just have to work out whether we go to Epsom or the Prix du Jockey Club. There’s no decision to be made in a hurry.”
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The Tattersalls Musidora Stakes went to Give And Take from the William Haggas stable, earning the Cityscape filly a top quote of 20-1 with Betfair Sportsbook and Boylesports for the Investec Oaks.
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A length victory over 14-1 outsider Dancing Brave Bear does not look Classic-winning form but the lightly-raced filly deserves to take her chance in a contest where Aidan O’Brien is responsible for 11 of the 21 horses still in the mix for the mile and a half race won by Arc heroine Enable 12 months ago.
As expected Friday’s Yorkshire Cup went to 4-6 favourite Stradivarius who now looks the chief threat to Ascot Gold Cup market leader Order Of St George. Frankie Dettori was always confident on last season’s St Leger third, a top price 3-1 with William Hill, Coral and Betfred for the royal stamina test with Aidan O’Brien’s 2016 winner a standout 5-2 chance with 888Sport to gain compensation for last season’s narrow defeat at the hands of Big Orange.