Tip for Thursday’s Dante Stakes at York: Wells Farhh Go to Keep Dante in the North
Wells Farhh Go – 13-2 with Betfair. 3.30pm York Thursday 17th May
Thursday’s Betfred Dante Stakes at York has proved the most significant trial for the Investec Derby this century with North Light, Motivator, Authorized and Golden Horn all winning the Group 2 contest on the Knavesmire prior to immortality on the Epsom Downs. Heading the betting for this year’s renewal is the John Gosden-trained Roaring Lion who ran really well to finish fifth in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and should prove even better with the step-up in trip.
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A best priced 2-1 with Betvictor ahead of stablemate Crossed Baton at 9-2 for the one mile two and a half furlong trial, the mount of Oisin Murphy deserves his place at the head of the market but bookmakers may have underestimated the chances of northern challenger Wells Farhh Go who can be backed at 13-2 with Betfair Sportsbook and Betvictor.
Unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile the son of Farhh was allowed to go off at 16-1 on his debut in a York Median Auction Stakes last July but proved those odds all wrong by sprinting clear of his rivals in the closing stages, putting two and a quarter lengths between himself and 2-1 favourite Laugh A Minute. Stepping-up markedly in class for his next start, also at York, in the Group 3 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes the mount of David Allan, despite looking green against some more experienced and better fancied runners, got up on the post to beat a decent yardstick in James Garfield from the George Scott stable.
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With that horse winning Newbury’s Greenham Stakes on his first start as a three-year-old before finishing less than two lengths behind Roaring Lion when seventh in the 2000 Guineas, suggests that there is precious little between the favourite and the hope of the north who is a good four points bigger in the current betting. Crossed Baton needs to improve on his narrow Epsom win last time while Mildenberger is held by Roaring Lion on last year’s form. This could develop into a match between Roaring Lion and Wells Farhh Go and at the odds the latter just gets the vote.
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Elarqam far too keen in the early stages after getting worked-up in the stalls.
Roaring Lion has plenty to offer over further.