Who’ll win at York Races today: Dante Festival 2013, day one

15 May 2013 @ 9.09 am
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Who'll win? Just ask Mr T. Photograph: Visit York/Kippa Matthews
Who’ll win? Just ask Mr T. Photograph: Visit York/Kippa Matthews

The tipsters' table, York Races, May 15, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks
Dick TurpinFirst MohicanComptonLiber Nauticus (Nap)Tickled PinkSirvinoExtortionistDream Maker
Sporting LifeClaytonSecret WitnessWoodland Aria (Nap)MinceOpera BoxHaikbidiacLine Of Reason
At The RacesLahaagNocturnLiber NauticusTickled PinkCockney SparrowPeniaphobiaRobot Boy
The SunRuscelloYork GloryLiber Nauticus (nap)Swiss SpiritDiscovery BayExtortionistRobot Boy
GuardianSilvery MoonTax FreeWoodland Aria (nap)MinceDiscovery BayExtortionistGeorge Rooke
Daily MailLahaagYork GloryWoodland AriaLadies Are ForeverNovirakHaikbidiac (nb)Khelman
TelegraphFirst Mohican (nb)El VientoLiber NauticusMinceOpera BoxExtortionistRobot Boy
GG.comLahaagNocturnLiber NauticusMinceGuisingSteventon StarLine Of Reason


YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin is back. Wednesday sees the start of the Dante three-day meeting at York – and the notorious highwayman has been out a-haunting the gallops to glean some inside information

Good morrow my pretties. There’s no time to linger, as I have an appointment at Tyburn.

A good day’s racing is in prospect on Wednesday, and you can start straight away with the 1.45 race, a testing handicap over a mile and a quarter.

First Mohican will bear the added weight of my money, but I fear that Lahaag my well give my choice a difficult time. And my trusty Black Bess has heard a stable whisper – straight from the horse’s mouth – that long-shot, Eastern Destiny, is determined to surprise the field.

In the second race at 2.15, poor old Secret Witness is up against it, carrying a 9lb penalty for recent success – and can probably be discounted. Look no further than Compton to delight. If you fancy an each-way flutter, take a chance on Mississippi. Sadly, much as I would love the beautifully named York Glory to romp home, only an incurable romantic would put their money there.

The 2.45 will feature my bet of the day. Only six runners – and five of them will have a lovely view of Liber Nauticus‘s hindquarters as they trail in her wake. She won’t be a big price, but I expect her to give a galloping lesson to Indigo Lady, with recent Cheshire Oaks winner Hollowina left with something to prove next time out.

Now for the main event of the Day, the Duke of York’s Stakes, at 3.15.

I shall be watching nearby (counting my winnings from the 2.45), and just out of reach of the lawmen, to see what promises to be the day’s most thrilling battle. Of course, top performer, the unfortunately named Mince (sponsored by Asda, no doubt) will be all the rage after her four wins in a row at the end of last season.

That speaks volumes, and no one would be surprised if Mince does trot up – at shortish odds. But this is York – and York can be relied on to spring a surprise. Of the 18 runners, at least seven have strong claims. But the Turpin gold will be staying put, though I may risk a little Turpin silver or cupro-nickel on Tickled Pink or Society Rock. And Bess has heard a training-yard whisper for Gordon Lord Byron. She’s a good judge, so I may have a little dip there too.

I fully expect to be on my third bottle of champagne by the time the 3.50 handicap race starts. Sirvino is the pick for me, but Herostatus and Northside Prince have strong claims too, with Herostatus just edging it. And my long-shot? Why, Livia’s Dream, reminds me of a frisky filly I once squired. Ah… memories.

By the 4.25, I fully expect to have trousered so much money from the bookies that I may even have a flutter on a five furlong novice stakes race. All serious punters know that this is the time to go to the hostelry and make a note for the pocketbook. But I may be tempted to splash some cash on Innocently to gain the edge over Extortionist.

But I will be leaving the bar behind to make sure I catch the 5.00 finale, an exciting seven-furlong handicap.
I know the clever punters (if that is not an oxymoron) will be watching for market moves on Robot Boy and Mundahesh. The more astute will only be considering Dream Maker or African Oil. And I will be having a sentimental very long-odds bet on a nag that reminds me of my mis-spent youth, before my name was widely known. His name? Unknown Villain.

1.45 – Turpin’s tip: First Mohican; Next Best: Lahaag
Long-shot: Eastern Destiny
2.15 – Turpin’s tip: Compton; Next Best: Mississippi
Long-shot: York Glory
2.45 – Turpin’s tip: Liber Nauticus (Nap); Next Best: Indigo Lady
3.15 – Turpin’s tip: Tickled Pink; Next Best: Society Rock
Long-shot: Gordon Lord Byron
3.50 – Turpin’s tip: Sirvino; Next Best: Herostatus
Long-shot: Livia’s Dream
4.25 – Turpin’s tip: Go to the bar. If you must bet, then: Extortionist.
5.00 – Turpin’s tip: Dream Maker; Next Best: African Oil
Long-shot: Unknown Villain.