Two trainers in particular who enjoyed last week’s three day Chester meeting were Marco Botti and Tom Dascombe.
The latter’s Brown Panther is owned (and was bred) by BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen and cut to 8/1 (from 10s) for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot after his win in the Ormonde Stakes.
Botti took the biggest prize of all, however, winning the Chester Cup with Suegioo for owner Dr Marwan Koukash and he should have another winner in the form of Serata Di Gala (6.25) at Doncaster on Saturday in the six furlong maiden.
The Footstepsinthesand filly made a pleasing reappearance when chasing home an odd- on favourite for Godolphin at Wolverhampton, chasing the winner home well only losing by three lengths.
She should come on for the run and has strong claims.
Should Ed Walker’s Glorious Empire (7.00) make an appearance on Town Moore for the mile handicap then he would be very difficult to oppose and even more difficult to beat. The three-year-old arrives chasing the hat-trick after wins at Kempton and Lingfield either side of the year and remains open to progression.
A Holy Roman Emperor gelding out of a Pivotal mare, it is hoped that he should be able to go on the forecasted soft ground and successfully translate his all-weather form to the turf Lady Cecil’s Perfect Summer (5.25) was just touched off in a warm handicap last time out at Ripon and the High Chaparral filly can make amends and get her head in front, albeit belatedly, in the opening mile and a half handicap.
There’s also racing this afternoon from York live on Channel 4 where True Story puts his Derby credentials well and truly on the line in the Dante Stakes, a race that has been synonymous with being the perfect trial en route to success at Epsom in June.
Authorized and Motivator both won the G2 contest before tasting classic success and Godolphin will be hoping that True Story (2.45) can do likewise with Kieren Fallon in the plate on his beloved Knavesmire.
The colt was impressive when winning the Fielden Stakes at Newmarket and should be able to win a sub-par renewal of the Dante; however Epsom success may be a stretch too far. The three-year-old is the 11/2 second favourite behind Aidan O’Brien’s Australia, the 5/4 favourite and undoubtedly the one to beat after his third in the 2000 Guineas two weeks ago.
In the opener Ballesteros (1.45) should reward Marwan Koukash with a winner for York’s most successful trainer in recent times Richard Fahey. The 5-y-o loves the deep stuff and with the heavens opening all week he should have conditions perfect in the five furlongs sprint and trickling down to the handicap after running in much higher company.