From May 16, 2018 9.34 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival 2018 – Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The Star
2.20HamadaHamadaContangoCrowned EagleTuff RockBankseaHamadaHamadaCrowned EagleTuff Rock
2.55Gin In The InnFlying Pursuit (treble)Final VenturePrivate Matter (nap)Flying PursuitGeorge Bowen (nb)Flying PursuitOrion's BowOrionʼs BowOwer Fly
3.30Harry Angel (nap)Harry AngelTasleetTasleetHarry AngelHarry AngelSir Dancealot (nap)Harry AngelHarry AngelTasleet
4.05Give And TakeGive And Take (nap)LubinkaGive And TakeHighgardenCeilidhs DreamHighgardenGive And TakeCeilidhs DreamLubinka
4.35Three Saints BayCavatinaQueen's Sargent (nb)ClubbableThree Saints BayThree Saints Bay (nap)Desert DoctorCommander HanCommander HanCommander Han
5.05Delft Dancer (nb)LeoubeWorld OrderWorld OrderDelft DancerWorld OrderMayson MacWorld OrderLeoubeWorld Order (treble)
5.35ZeelanderNo tipReverend Jacobs (nap)Zeelander (nb)Reverend Jacobs (nap)ZeelanderZeelanderReverend JacobsReverend JacobsReverend Jacobs

We’re back racing again at Knavesmire – for what promises to be another scintillating season, writes YorkMix tipster Turpin.

Top marks to chief executive and clerk of the course William Derby and his team for establishing York as Britain’s finest racecourse (as voted by The Racegoers Club).

The Day One highlight is usually the Musidora Stakes, a 1m2f fillies race (4.05). It’s a high-class field, with Give And Take, Highgarden, Lubinka and Ceilidh’s Dream set to do battle.

But even that top-notch offering will be slightly overshadowed by the appearance of the world’s best sprinter, Harry Angel, in the previous race, the Duke Of York Stakes (3.30).

The Clive Cox-trained colt earned the ‘world’s best’ accolade in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings last year after landing the Newmarket July Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup.

He starts his four-year-old career off an impressive 125 rating. He won’t have everything his own way, as a 5lb penalty thanks to his earlier Group 1 successes, brings him just within range of the likely challengers Tasleet and Brando.

But Turpin fully expects to be collecting big-style, even at the likely short odds that Harry Angel represents. Whatever the outcome, this curtain-raiser promises to be one of the season highlights.

It’s rare for a York meeting to be without a strong showing from Middleham superstar trainer Mark Johnston. But what’s this? Just one runner today!

That, as any regular racegoer will tell you, is a pointer. So, don’t be surprised to see Jim Crowley romping home aboard Delft Dancer in the 5.05 novices event.

Just one more bit of insider help. Three Saints Bay, David O’Meara’s talented Irish-bred gelding, is reportedly in superb form and should give a good account of himself in the 4.35 seven-furlong handicap.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Hamada
Each Way: Crowned Eagle
Longshot: Island Brave


Win: Gin In The Inn
EW: George Bowen
Longshot: Teruntum Star


Win: Harry Angel (nap)
EW: Tasleet


Win: Give And Take
EW: Lubinka


Win: Three Saints Bay
EW: Valdolobo
Longshot: Excellent Times


Win: Delft Dancer (n.b.)
EW: World Order
Longshot: Leoube


Win: Zeelander
EW: Reverend Jacobs
Longshot: Regal Mirage