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Best bets for day one of York’s Dante Festival on Wednesday May 11


Simon Holt took home 9/1 and 20/1 winners on Saturday and he has four selections for day one of the Dante Festival in York.


Race Betting Tips: Wednesday May 11

1pt wins Gaassee in 1.50 York at 9/4 (Overall)

1pt wins Dragon Symbol at 3.00 York at 3/1 (General)

1pt wins The Cookstown Cafu in 4.10 York at 8/1 (Overall)

1pt wins Kihavah in 4.45 York at 6/1 (bet365)

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An entry into the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot speaks volumes about the home reputation of GAASSEE who could very well be handicapped in the Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Jorvik Handicap which opens York’s May meeting on Wednesday.

This lightly run William Haggas-trained four-year-old will likely be kicked out as a favorite and deservedly so, as a 94 rating may seriously underestimate him after a five-length loss to Trevolli, now rated at 86 (received 11lbs ) in a handicap on this trip to Kempton in December.

The runner-up has won his next three starts while third-placed Jenson Benson (beaten nine lengths and receiving 19lbs) won recently at Chelmsford, and should rise in the odds enough to further endorse the view that Gaassee has come home well.

The selection, a well-bred son of Sea The Stars and a ranked mare related to 1000 Guineas winner Ameerat, also won 15 lengths over the turf at Chester last October, and could well be the proverbial future racehorse of band. with a disability.

In the logistic participations of the Duke Of York Clipper of 1895, DRAGON SYMBOL will be the one to beat if he returns to his best form in a first outing for new coach Roger Varian.

Formerly handled by Archie Watson, David Egan’s mount was a bit below his best in his last two starts last season after a long campaign that included a disqualification after finishing first after the Commonwealth Cup post at Royal Ascot, a second to Starman in the July Cup and a third behind Winter Power and opponent Emaraaty Ana (now 3lbs worse for a half-length) in the Nunthorpe over five furlongs on this course.

Although very effective at minimum travel, this extra furlong is probably ideal for Dragon Symbol who is jointly top rated on the adjusted ratings with Minzaal, the winner of the Gimcrack Stakes at this course and distance as a juvenile, who returned from ‘a lay-start to run two good races behind Tis Marvelous and Creative Force at Ascot in the fall despite trailing slowly at every opportunity.

Later, away from the ITV4 cameras, COOKSTOWN CAFU should come close to the Kevin Ryan-Kevin Stott combination in the Paddy Power ‘Here For The Craic’ handicap.

Progressive in each of his three starts last season, this solid son of Invincible Spirit showed great tenacity from the front over this course and this distance last October when he literally hit the post by Blenheim Boy in a decent novice event.

That form received a big boost when the winner gained six-and-a-half lengths on his handicap debut at Ripon last month to earn a fresh 90 as the selection can only run 79 here.

Top-weighted Samburu could be anything for the Gosdens and Frankie Dettori after wins at Yarmouth and Salisbury, but the form of this latest odds win doesn’t look too exciting.

Finally, it might be worth giving another chance to KIHAVAH in the Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap.

A guy who improves over hurdles through the winter after success at Newcastle and Musselburgh, Adrian Keatley’s gelding never looked comfortable in the turns at Chester last week before staying well in the straight line.

His previous second behind Happy (a creditable third at Hamilton on Sunday) over a mile and a quarter at Beverley was no shame and this more galloping course may prove far more fitting with the talented Ryan Sexton taking off at 7lbs.

Posted at 1540 BST on 10/05/22

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