• Racing/
  • Grey Gatsby Delivers In Dante

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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 8.99s
  • Off time: 14:47:06
  • Stewards Inquiry - Result Stands
  • Last Updated: May 15 2014, 16:28 BST

Derby dreams either side of the Channel remain alive for the first three horses home in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York as The Grey Gatsby beat off Arod and True Story in a pulsating finish.

The Grey Gatsby: Won the Betfred Dante under Ryan Moore
The Grey Gatsby: Won the Betfred Dante under Ryan Moore

The Grey Gatsby, trained by Kevin Ryan, was tackling the mile-and-a-quarter distance for the first time, having previously finished down the field in the 2000 Guineas, and Ryan Moore settled the 9/1 chance in midfield as Odeon attempted to dominate from the front.

The pack had closed up rounding the home turn, however, and each contender had some sort of chance as the race unfolded early in the straight.

Odeon did not fold tamely, while Bunker was also in there pitching two furlongs down, but the grandstands roared as Kieren Fallon guided stunning Feilden Stakes winner and 8/13 favourite True Story towards the front end passing the one-furlong marker.

However, The Grey Gatsby quickened up best, and although his waywardness close home led to a stewards' inquiry and a nervy wait for his connections, he was three-quarters of a length to the good passing the post.

The placings unsurprisingly remained unaltered, but Moore was given a two-day suspension (May 29-30) for careless riding.

Peter Chapple-Hyam's highly-touted Windsor maiden winner Arod belied his inexperience to run a fantastic race in second, coming from a long way back.

True Story was the same distance away in third.

The Grey Gatsby does not hold an entry at Epsom and Ryan has no intention of supplementing him, with the French Derby at Chantilly his Classic target.

Ryan said: "We always thought a lot of the horse and he ran very well in the Guineas.

"He was always a work in progress and at the back of my mind I thought we had to go and try him over further and the key to it was how well he switched off.

Chapple-Hyam has saddled two previous winners of the Epsom Derby - Dr Devious (1992) and Authorized (2007) - and Arod is now destined for the Downs.

"Faster ground will suit him, as will the step up to a mile and a half. Whether he's good enough to win the Derby, we'll find out on the day," said the trainer.

"This horse still has to go and prove himself, in some ways, and he's been a bit slower to mature than the other two (Derby winners), but he'll get there."

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor will press ahead with the Derby for True Story.

He said: "Kieren said the ground was not perfect for him and that he would be better on good to fast ground.

"He also said he will be better over a mile and a half, which he will get at Epsom."

  • Racegoers enjoy a bottle of champagne before the action on day two of York's Dante meeting
  • Graham Lee delivers Monsieur Joe late in the piece to win the opening sprint handicap
  • A racegoer looks on from the stands on the Knavesmire
  • Some are taking things a little more seriously than others...
  • Ambivalent won the Middleton Stakes under Andrea Atenzi, 12 months on from finishing second in the same race
  • Atzeni's mount responded willingly up the home straight to beat Secret Gesture
  • Ryan Moore riding The Grey Gatsby wins the Dante Stakes, with True Story third
  • The Grey Gatsby survived a stewards inquiry after veering across the track under pressure
  • Kieren Fallon chats to the press after True Story's run was seemingly blocked by The Grey Gatsby
  • Winning jockey Ryan Moore celebrates after winning the Dante on Kevin Ryan's grey
  • Fallon was smiling again after guiding Navajo Chief to back-to-back victories in the Hambleton Stakes
  • Navajo Chief attracted late support and was a popular winner with the punters
  • Frankie Dettori was on target aboard Shamshon for the Richard Hannon stable
  • William Twiston-Davies guided Bossy Guest (blue cap) home in front to win the maiden
York: Dante gallery

Connections of Bunker, who beat just one horse home, will reconsider whether the colt takes his chance at Epsom.

Trainer Richard Hannon said: "He will improve, but he might just lack a gear for the Derby."

"We'll sleep on it and come up with a plan."

Harry Herbert, racing manager for co-owners Al Shaqab Racing, said: "Looking at him, you would say he could be a St Leger horse.

"The King Edward (VII Stakes) might be a race for him at Royal Ascot."

Sky Bet reacted to the trial by cutting the Aidan O'Brien trained-Australia into 10/11 for the Epsom showpiece.

Sky Bet representative Michael Shinners said: "True Story disappointed today and clearly Australia is the one to beat at Epsom.

"We're 10/11 from 5/4 and I would expect him to be very well supported in the build up to the race now all the trials are out of the way. He's a worthy favourite with nothing to worry about having come out of the trials at Chester, Lingfield and York over the past 10 days or so.

"The Guineas form is the best we've seen this season and his pedigree simply screams a mile and a half."