Dante Stakes Betting Guide
Dante Festival (May 15th-17th 2013)
This 3 day meeting takes place at York in the middle of May and each day has a feature race. The 2013 meeting takes place between the 15th and 17th May.
On the Wednesday we will see the top class fillies take part in the Grade 3 Musidora Stakes over 1m2f. This race is often seen as an Oaks trial and Sariska won this before going on to win the Oaks in 2009.
Thursday's feature race is the Dante Stakes and is a Grade 2 over the same distance of 1m2f. The 2010 runner up Workforce went on to win the Derby and this is often a key Derby trial, although Workforce was the first horse in history to go on and win the Derby after being beaten in the Dante. Authorized won this race and the Derby in 2007 and North Light also completed the Dante/Derby double in 2004. Surprises are rare in this race but the 2013 renewal provided a surprise winner in Libertarian, a 33/1 shot trained by Elaine Burke, the wife of Karle Burke.
Fridays feature race is the Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup, a Group 2 race over 1m6f for the best stayers.
Previous Dante Stakes Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2014 The Grey Gatsby Ryan Moore Kevin Ryan
2013 Libertarian William Buick Mrs K Burke
2012 Bonfire Jimmy Fortune Andrew Balding
2011 Carlton House Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute
2010 Cape Blanco Johnny Murtagh Aidan O’Brien
2009 Black Bear Island Colm O’Donoghue Aidan O’Brien
2008 Tartan Bearer Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute
2007 Authorized Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam
2006 Septimus Kieren Fallon Aidan O’Brien
2005 Motivator Johnny Murtagh Michael Bell
2004 North Light Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute
2003 Magistretti Kevin Darley Neville Callaghan
2002 Moon Ballad Jamie Spencer Saeed Bin Suroor
2001 Dilshaan Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute
The stats above show the leading trainers take this race seriously and often send their best horses, with both Stoute and O’Brien having a fine record over the last 10 years, each winning the race 3 times. Kieren Fallon has also won the race 3 times but was stable jockey for a big yard each time. Horse racing fans will be hoping to catch a glimpse of Frankel if it takes in this race and heads for Epsom this year.
Dante Stakes Trends (up to 2011)
7/11 won last time out
11/11 had won a race
10/11 had won over 1m+
6/11 had run that season
7/11 had won at listed or group level.
Check back as the Dante Meeting draws near to read our expert selections.