York: Dante Meeting Day Three

Alan Marron's nap for the final day of the Dante Meeting is Grandee. Image credit: Healy Racing Photos

Alan Marron looks forward to the final day of the Dante Meeting at York where Grandee is his nap

Alan Marron has selections for each of the seven races at York tomorrow.

Highlights tomorrow include the Listed opening Fillies’ Stakes race and the feature Group 2 Yorkshire Cup.

1.50 Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes (Listed) of £50,000.00 2-y-o 5f. (Class 1)

This race is a typical two year old race at this time of the season.

There is plenty of potential here and the winner of this race could very well be favourite for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot in a couple of weeks time.

An unoriginal selection here but Lady Kermit has been nothing short of electric from the gates in both her runs so far this season.

Both of her runs have been on the all weather and if she can transfer it to the turf she could be very hard to beat.

2.25 Oaks Farm Stables Fillies’ Stakes (Registered As The Michael Seeley Memorial Fillies’ Stakes) (Listed of £50,000.00 3-y-o 7f. 192yds. (Class 1)

Clerisy takes a step up in grade here following winning her maiden last time out at Newmarket and she could be well suited by it.

The racing post comments after the race state that she was “athletic” and “looked well”.

She could be a typical Michael Stoute filly – one that has taken time to grow into her frame and now as a three year old, she will be able to show her true ability.

Clerisy got very little cover last time out as she raced down the middle of the track. My impression was that she battled really well when she hit the dip after showing a nice turn of foot.

This flat track will really suit her and should she have come on from her last run, she could take all the beating in a trappy enough contest.

3.00 Yorkshire Cup Stakes (Group 2) of £165,000.00 4-y-o plus 1m. 5f. 188yds. (Class 1)

This race is very much laid out for Stradivarius to start on his million pound bonus trail again this season but I still think he could be worth taking on this time around.

Ispolini was campaigned in Meydan over the winter and was a very creditable second to his stablemate Cross Counter in the Dubai Gold Cup over two miles.

The drop back here to 1m6f is no concern and at the prices this horse is value to a small stake.

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3.35 Handicap of £30,000.00 4-y-o plus 1m. 2f. 56yds. (Class 2)

This race over the years has thrown up potential Group horses running in a handicap.

Recent winners include Thundering Blue and Clever Cookie who both had Group race aspirations later in the season.

Grandee is a very interesting runner here for me following his five length win last time out. Formerly trained by Jessica Harrington in Ireland and David O’Meara, trainer Roger Fell could have a lot of fun with this horse this season.

His handicap mark is still below many of his marks where he ran solid races.

One of his runs off a mark of 92 for David O’Meara really stands out for me, he finished third to the Roger Fell trained Mulligatawny that day so that gives his new trainer a real line into how well handicapped his new inmate could be.

Massive each way value. Grandee is the Nap of day three.

4.05 British EBF Frank Whittle Partnership Fillies’ Handicap of £20,000.00 3-y-o plus 7f. (Class 3)

Accommodate is a very interesting runner for her top connections here in Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.

She went into many notebooks after her first run when ridden by Josephine Gordon where she was slowly into stride and going on well at the finish.

She then went to Leicester where she just didn’t have the pace to trouble the leaders but ran well.

She duly broke her maiden on her third run where she made all at Chelmsford under a canny Richard Kingscote ride.

A mark of 83 is very lenient and like many horses in handicaps we see over the coming weeks Accommodate could have an exciting season ahead with progression to come off a winter break.

4.35 Yorkshire Equine Practice Handicap of £20,000.00 3-y-o 5f.

Three Card Trick could give local trainer Kevin Ryan a nice winner on the final day of the three day York meeting. This horse has course winning form and had a bit of a mixed season last year.

The booking of Dougie Costello is a very noteworthy one for me. This horse may need strong handling to get him to put it at all in and Dougie could be the right man for the job as a former jumps jockey.

His handicap mark has been dropped 3lb from 84 to 81 and I really think that will put him in contention here. Very competitive race but small each way shout as the card winds down.

5.05 Longines Irish Champions Weekend Handicap of £21,061.00 3-y-o 1m. 3f. 188yds. (Class 4)

Another local trainer who will be looking a winner is James Bethell and he could very well get it in our last race for the York previews with the bottom weight here Tucson under the capable hands of Andrea Atzeni.

I have followed this horse on numerous occasions and for me he needs a trip.  1m 3f on a flat track here should really suit him.

His last run at Redcar he got going all too late and he has a long home straight here to use his stride. Should be a value price and hopefully will send us all home happy.


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