The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, May 13, 2016Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks
|Tipster/ race||Dick Turpin||Sun||Mirror||Times||The Guardian||Daily Mail||At The Races||GG.com|
|2.20pm||Udontdodou||Curtain Call||Just That Lord||Just That Lord||Just That Lord||Just That Lord||Udontdodou||Paddy Power|
|2.55pm||Boater (NB)||Twizzell||Stormy Clouds||Boater||Amlak||Stormy Clouds||Boater||Stormy Clouds|
|4.05pm||Clever Cookie (Nap)||Second Step||Flying Officer||Curbyourenthusiasm||Flying Officer||Clever Cookie||Second Step||Flying Officer|
|4.40pm||Top Tug||Barsanti (nap)||Croquembouche||Innocent Touch||Barsanti||Fire Fighting||Oasis Fantasy||Barsanti|
|5.10pm||Azagal||Secret Hint||Azagal||Azagal||Azagal||Secret Hint||Azagal||Lavetta|
|5.40pm||Gawdawpalin||West Drive||Nietzsche||Walsingham Grange||West Drive||West Drive||West Drive||Second Serve|
Day Two of the Dante meeting was another brilliant day for YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin.
In the seven-race card, our favourite highwayman selected three first-choice winners, all at juicy odds: Beautiful Romance (5/1), Easton Angel (100/30) and Admiralty Arch (14/1).
But that’s not all, the masked man included two Longshot selection winners, scoring at decent prices: Duke of Firenze (10/1) and Wings of Desire (9/1).
He was last seen heading towards the Pig And Pastry in Bishy Road, wheeling the barrowloads of cash he extricated (legally) from the bookies’ satchels.
So, what does Tip-top tipster Turpin reckon for the final day of the meeting?
You won’t hear me say this often, as I am not known as a cautious man. Not that I am superstitious, but it will be hard to pick a single winner from this Friday the 13th card.
So I shall be saving most of my hard-earned winnings from the first two days at Knavesmire, and wagering very modestly indeed.
In the second race (2.55), I love the look of both Mark Johnston’s Boater and Richard Hannon’s Stormy Clouds, and can’t see anything else breaking them up.
Boater gets the vote on the strength of her impressive Kempton debut win in March, but Stormy Clouds is a likely improver and will make this a real thriller.
Flying Officer and Second Step will be all the rage for the 4.05, but I am relying on the addition of headgear to Clever Cookie to do the trick and bring Danny Tudhope home at a decent price.
But remember, after the thrill of the Musidora and the Dante, Friday is definitely a much more local affair, and caution is advised.
“Come on, Turps, aren’t you going to stick your neck out a bit? Sorry, a bit insensitive, I could have phrased that better. – Ed.”
All right, all right, I wasn’t going to say anything.
But I have heard a little whisper from the Johnston yard that the consistent Fire Fighting (4.40) is ready to atone for a modest performance at Chester, and will bounce back to form, even though he’s carrying top weight in a very competitive 12-furlong handicap.
But with Frankie Dettori aboard, he could represent the long-odds value of the day.
EW: Just That Lord
Longshot: Curtain Call
Win: Boater (nb)
EW: Stormy Clouds
Win: Clever Cookie (Nap)
EW: Flying Officer
Win: Top Tug
EW: Oasis Fantasy
Longshot: Fire Fighting
EW: Secret Hint
Longshot: Sporty Yankee
From May 12, 2016 10.03 am
Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Meeting 2016, Day 2
The tipsters’ table, York Races, Thursday, May 12, 2016Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks
|Tipster/ race||Dick Turpin||Sun||Mirror||Times||The Guardian||Daily Mail||At The Races||GG.com|
|2.10pm||Brando||Shamshon||Arctic Feeling||Desert Law||Royal Birth (nb)||Red Baron||Brando||Brando|
|2.40pm||Beautiful Romance||Journey||Speedy Boarding||Crystal Zvezda||Journey (nap)||Journey||Journey||Journey|
|3.15pm||Midterm (NB)||Victory Bond||Midterm||Midterm (nb)||Deauville||Midterm||Midterm||Midterm|
|3.45pm||Third Time Lucky||Lord Of The Land||Alfred Hutchinson||Master The World||Donncha||Third Time Lucky||Express Himself||Third Time Lucky|
|4.15pm||Rah Rah||Areen||Rah Rah||Lady Macapa||Lady Macapa||Areen||Exist||Exist|
|4.45pm||Admiralty Arch||Gulliver||Masham Star||Masham Star||Tafaakhor||Tafaakhor||Thornton||Tafaakhor|
|5.20pm||Alphabetical Order (Nap)||Alphabetical Order||Hidden Justice||Sisyphus||Alphabetical Order||Alphabetrical Order||Cardinal Walter||Matorico|
So, how did Turpin do on Day One of the Dante meeting?
The old highwayman was last seen strolling purposefully away from Knavesmire in search of somewhere to stash his gains.
As ever with the old boy, his Longshots performed very well indeed. Bolstered by the fact that both his Nap and Next Best selections won too.
In the first, Nayel (Turpin’s longshot) trotted up at a healthy 12/1, just pipping his main selection Pacify into second.
See The Sun, (Turpin’s e.w. choice in the second race) obliged at a very healthy 9/1, and the highwayman’s moneybags were starting to bulge, ladies!
His confident selections in the third and fourth (Next Best and Nap) did the business, thanks to Frankie Dettori, Magical Memory storming home at 5/2, and the Oaks contender, So Mi Dar, winning at a tighter 4/5.
Fifth race selection Monteverdi made the frame at 13/2, while the e.w. choice, Castle Harbour won at 9/2. In the sixth, the selection (Logi, at a generous 9/1) managed third place.
And in the final event, his Longshot, Two Jabs, made the frame at very pleasing 16/1, real value for e.w. backers, in a race won by Turpin’s second selection, Appeared at 5/1.
All in all, a tremendous first day. We can’t expect this performance every time, but if you bump into the mystery man the drinks are definitely on him.
Day 2 tips
All eyes will be on Derby favourite Midterm today for the feature race of the meeting, the Betfred Dante Stakes (3.15).
A comfortable win over a mile at Newbury last term caught the eye as the offspring of Galileo left 16 rivals in his wake. The step up to ten furlongs, today’s distance, at Sandown proved little trouble last month and augurs well for his Knavesmire debut.
It’s hard to see anything getting in the way of Sir Michael Stoute’s charge, with Deauville (Moore/O’Brien) and Foundation (Buick/Gosden) the main threats in a contest that should be run at a true pace.
YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin has heard good reports of Gosden’s other runner, Wings of Desire (Dettori). The Pivotal offspring looks the each-way / longshot value.
You’ll have to stay to the last race (5.20) for Turpin’s bet of the day. Alphabetical Order is the Tudhope-O’Meara hope for a four-timer, and our favourite highwayman makes it a confident choice.
The biggest cheer would come if old Knavesmire favourite Alfred Hutchinson could repeat last year’s triumph in the Hambleton Stakes (3.45). The mile contest looks a tough ask for the 14-1 shot this time; but that’s what everyone thought last year when he was 20-1!
David Nolan would have to extract every last ounce of courage from the eight-year-old to get past Third Time Lucky, Hors De Combat, and Always Smile, who Turpin expects to see battling it out close home.
EW: Arctic Feeling
Longshot: Duke of Firenze
Win: Beautiful Romance
Longshot: Ballybacka Queen
Win: Midterm (NB)
Longshot: Wings of Desire
Win: Third Time Lucky
EW: Hors de Combat
Longshot: Alfred Hutchinson
Win: Rah Rah
EW: Easton Angel
Win: Admiralty Arch
Longshot: Masham Star
Win: Alphabetical Order (Nap)
EW: Cardinal Walter
Longshot: Hidden Justice
From May 11, 2016 10.41 am
Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Meeting 2016, Day 1
The tipsters’ table, York Races, Wednesday, May 11, 2016Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks
|Tipster/ race||Dick Turpin||Racing Post||Sun||Mirror||Times||The Guardian||Daily Mail||At The Races||GG.com|
|2.10pm||Pacify||Spanish Squeeze||Spanish Squeeze||Off Art||Pacify||Hit The Jackpot||Spanish Squeeze (nb)||Pacify||Erik The Red|
|2.40pm||Hoof It||See The Sun||Hoof It||See The Sun||Glen Moss||Hoof It||Bogart (nap)||Flaming Spear||Flaming Spear|
|3.15pm||Magical Memory (NB)||Magical Memory||Magical Memory||Magical Memory||Magical Memory||Twilight Son||Twilight Son||Magical Memory||Magical Memory|
|3.45pm||So Mi Dar (nap)||Fireglow||So Mi Dar||So Mi Dar||So Mi Dar||So Mi Dar||So Mi Dar||Best In The World||So Mi Dar|
|4.20pm||Monteverdi||Eqleem||Chief Whip||Replenish||Replenish||Chief Whip (nap)||Abe Lincoln||Castle Harbour||Castle Harbour|
|4.50pm||Logi||The Nazca Lines||Kananee||Kananee||Kananee||Computable||Hemingway||In First Place||Kananee|
At last it’s the Dante meeting and we are racing again on Knavesmire.
The three-day (Wed to Fri) seasonal curtain-raiser at the north’s finest racecourse promises a thrilling tussle in tomorrow’s feature race, one of the strongest pointers to the Epsom Derby.
But today YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin is focusing on the fillies in the Musidora Stakes (3.45), regarded as one of the best trials for the Oaks.
The relatively small field – likely to be seven – is bursting with class.
I’m putting my shirt on John Gosden’s twice-raced So Mi Dar. Frankie Dettori is aboard his confident choice to make this daughter of Dubawi a three-race-three-wins gal to watch this season.
Middleham superstar trainer Mark Johnston comes with a strong team. But longshot fans may like to know that there’s a quiet word for Hawatif, one of the lesser lights of the yard, in the seven-furlong Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap (4.20).
Joe Fanning’s mount got going late to finish second in a six-furlong all-weather affair at Lingfield last month. The winner, Exist, was not troubled, with four lengths to spare, but the extra furlong at York and some excellent work at home hints at a decent outside chance for value-seekers.
Win: Hoof It
Place: See The Sun
Longshot: Flaming Spear
Win: Magical Memory (NB)
Place: Twilight Son
Win: So Mi Dar (Nap)
Place: Best In The World
Longshot: Promising Run
Place: Castle Harbour
Longshot: The Nazca Lines
Longshot: Two Jabs