Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Meeting 2016, Day 3

And they're off! Crowds gather at York Racecourse for the first meeting of the 2016 season. Photograph: York Racecourse
13 May 2016 @ 10.32 am
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The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, May 13, 2016

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

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.20pmUdontdodouCurtain CallJust That LordJust That LordJust That LordJust That LordUdontdodouPaddy Power
2.55pmBoater (NB)TwizzellStormy CloudsBoaterAmlakStormy CloudsBoaterStormy Clouds
3.30pmNemoraliaThetisThetisThetis (nb)NemoraliaThetisNemoraliaNemoralia
4.05pmClever Cookie (Nap)Second StepFlying OfficerCurbyourenthusiasmFlying OfficerClever CookieSecond StepFlying Officer
4.40pmTop TugBarsanti (nap)CroquemboucheInnocent TouchBarsantiFire FightingOasis FantasyBarsanti
5.10pmAzagalSecret HintAzagalAzagalAzagalSecret HintAzagalLavetta
5.40pmGawdawpalinWest DriveNietzscheWalsingham GrangeWest DriveWest DriveWest DriveSecond 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?

Turpin writes:

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.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Udontdodou
EW: Just That Lord
Longshot: Curtain Call


Win: Boater (nb)
EW: Stormy Clouds
Longshot: Twizzell


Win: Nemoralia
EW: Czabo
Longshot: Aljuljalah


Win: Clever Cookie (Nap)
EW: Flying Officer
Longshot: Curbyourenthusiasm


Win: Top Tug
EW: Oasis Fantasy
Longshot: Fire Fighting


Win: Azagal
EW: Secret Hint
Longshot: Lavetta


Win: Gawdawpalin
EW: Shoofly
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, 2016

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

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.10pmBrandoShamshonArctic FeelingDesert LawRoyal Birth (nb)Red BaronBrandoBrando
2.40pmBeautiful RomanceJourneySpeedy BoardingCrystal ZvezdaJourney (nap)JourneyJourneyJourney
3.15pmMidterm (NB)Victory BondMidtermMidterm (nb)DeauvilleMidtermMidtermMidterm
3.45pmThird Time LuckyLord Of The LandAlfred HutchinsonMaster The WorldDonnchaThird Time LuckyExpress HimselfThird Time Lucky
4.15pmRah RahAreenRah RahLady MacapaLady MacapaAreenExistExist
4.45pmAdmiralty ArchGulliverMasham StarMasham StarTafaakhorTafaakhorThorntonTafaakhor
5.20pmAlphabetical Order (Nap)Alphabetical OrderHidden JusticeSisyphusAlphabetical OrderAlphabetrical OrderCardinal WalterMatorico

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.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Brando
EW: Arctic Feeling
Longshot: Duke of Firenze


Win: Beautiful Romance
EW: Journey
Longshot: Ballybacka Queen


Win: Midterm (NB)
EW: Foundation
Longshot: Wings of Desire


Win: Third Time Lucky
EW: Hors de Combat
Longshot: Alfred Hutchinson


Win: Rah Rah
EW: Easton Angel
Longshot: Exist


Win: Admiralty Arch
EW: Tafaakhor
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, 2016

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

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.10pmPacifySpanish SqueezeSpanish SqueezeOff ArtPacifyHit The JackpotSpanish Squeeze (nb)PacifyErik The Red
2.40pmHoof ItSee The SunHoof ItSee The SunGlen MossHoof ItBogart (nap)Flaming SpearFlaming Spear
3.15pmMagical Memory (NB)Magical MemoryMagical MemoryMagical MemoryMagical MemoryTwilight SonTwilight SonMagical MemoryMagical Memory
3.45pmSo Mi Dar (nap)FireglowSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarBest In The WorldSo Mi Dar
4.20pmMonteverdiEqleemChief WhipReplenishReplenishChief Whip (nap)Abe LincolnCastle HarbourCastle Harbour
4.50pmLogiThe Nazca LinesKananeeKananeeKananeeComputableHemingwayIn First PlaceKananee
5.20pmCraggaknockAppearedMuhaafizCarthageMuhaafizAppearedMuhaafizAppearedPrendergast Hill

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.

Turpin writes:

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.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Pacify
Place: Revolutionist
Longshot: Nayel


Win: Hoof It
Place: See The Sun
Longshot: Flaming Spear


Win: Magical Memory (NB)
Place: Twilight Son
Longshot: Maatmu


Win: So Mi Dar (Nap)
Place: Best In The World
Longshot: Promising Run


Win: Monteverdi
Place: Castle Harbour
Longshot: Hawatif


Win: Logi
Place: Kananee
Longshot: The Nazca Lines


Win: Craggaknock
Place: Appeared
Longshot: Two Jabs