Tanya's Blog - Thursday 17th May 2012
So much for the sunshine that was short lived at York. I’m in the press room now and all I can see out of the window is grey clouds, light drizzle and groundsmen filling in the divots. The temperature has dropped a few degrees as well. Lots of happy dogs are getting their morning walks across the Knavesmire oblivious to the fact that only a few hours later Investec Derby protagonists will be walking from the stables to be saddled up in the Betfred Dante.
Bonfire is favourite. The sport desperately needs a horse worthy enough to take on Camelot in the Derby, if it’s not Bonfire, who can it be? I have a tendency to think it is going to be Ektihaam or even Ptolemaic. Many believe the latter was flattered by his Qipco 2000 Guineas draw but I think he will relish this step up in trip.
The action at York starts at 1.30, with the significant booking of Ryan Moore on Swiss Franc. He started his campaign well at Ascot just six days ago and can come on for the run. Great to see Secret Witness try to win two days on the bounce.
Navajo Chief loves York and his fourth to Penitent reads very well now David O’Meara’s runner has gone on to Group Two glory at Sandown. He was squeezed out a little at Doncaster in the closing stages and could have finished much closer.
Other fancies include Caledonia Lady in the 3.35.
2.30 York: Ptolemaic (each-way)
3.00 York: Navajo Chief
3.35 York: Caledonia Lady
Nicky Henderson has had six winners from his last 12 runners
2.30pm York – Dante Stakes:
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