Betfred Dante Stakes (Group 2) 1m 2f 88y
- (3yo, 1m 2f 88y, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £85,065 2nd £32,250 3rd £16,140 4th £8,040 5th £4,035 6th £2,025
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 8.99s
- Off time: 14:47:06
|1st||5 The Grey Gatsby||9/1|
Arod (IRE) 31
|3||126 9-0||P W Chapple-Hyam||J P Spencer||96||8/1|
Bunker (IRE) 277
|3||126 9-0||Richard Hannon||L Dettori||107||9/2|
|3||126 9-0||J G Given||G Lee||93||20/1|
Saab Almanal 26
|3||126 9-0||J R Fanshawe||S W Kelly||50/1|
The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 12
|3||126 9-0||K A Ryan||R L Moore||108||9/1|
True Story 29
|3||126 9-0||Saeed bin Suroor||K Fallon||116||8/13f|
||3||9-0||Mrs K Burke||William Buick||33/1|
Bubbles are regularly burst in this but it will be a shock to Godolphin if True Story is beaten. He's now as low as 11/2 for the Derby after a very impressive victory from the highly-regarded Obliterator in the Fielden Stakes at Newmarket though he'll be at cramped odds in the expectation of consolidating his Epsom spot. BUNKER has arguably the more solid form yet he's a 20/1 chance for the big one. Richard Hannon's colt didn't appreciate the very fast ground when beaten by Berkshire in the Chesham at Royal Ascot before travelling to Deauville and beating Karakontie in a Listed contest. The runner-up has subsequently won two Group 1's including the French 2000 Guineas on Sunday so Frankie is taken to get one over his old employers and land this. Arod landed a Windsor maiden in the style of a very useful performer though obviously has to step up a few grades here as does Odeon, a son of Galileo who landed a Redcar maiden by 9l. The Grey Gatsby is better than he showed in the 2000 Guineas but will need to be against these.
The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Raced far side tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 6l behind Night Of Thunder (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
Arod (IRE) 4-5fav (8-8) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 5th, headway to lead 7f out and raced keenly, came clear final 2f, very easily, won at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr beating Sea The Bloom (8-3) by 5l, 12 ran.
True Story 5-2 (9-0) Dwelt headway 6f out, in touch, tracked leaders over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on strongly, impressive, won at Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Apr beating Obliterator (9-0) by 7l, 10 ran.
Odeon 6-1 (8-13) Soon led, made rest, ridden and pressed 2f out, stayed on well to go clear over 1f out, comfortably, won at Redcar 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr beating Easter Sky (10-0) by 9l, 13 ran.
Bunker (IRE) (9-2) won at Deauville(FR) 7f 2yo lst stk (1) gs in Aug beating Karakontie (9-2) by shd, 5 ran.
Saab Almanal 6-1 (9-5) Led 2f, remained in touch, driven to challenge over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on and every chance inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Zaeemah (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.