Ryan Moore: The thoughts on my six Friday rides at York’s Dante Festival
York 14:55 – On Her Toes
This looks a very hard race to call, full of lightly-raced fillies, and most are race-fit, recent winners as well. My filly is having her first start of the season but she proved herself a smart sort over 7f last season, winning in this grade and when third in the Sweet Solera, and she is proven on soft ground, too. If she is straight enough – and William's horses have been in great form here this week – and copes with the extra furlong or so, then she looks to hold as good a chance as any in an open race.
York 15:30 – Dartmouth
This looks another very closely-knit and trappy race, but Dartmouth is the form horse and he is ready to start. He won first time out over this trip at Chelmsford last season and went on to surprise me with the level of progress that he made, none more so than when beating Highland Reel in the Hardwicke. He handles cut in the ground well, though whether he would want any more rain at York I'm not so sure. But he has a lot going for him, though you do have to fear a few in here.
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York 16:05 – Burguillos
I took a look at the video of his recent Leicester win on good to firm ground, his first since being gelded, and was pretty impressed. He did it the manner of a horse firmly on the up and, while he has predictably gone up in the weights and faces much softer ground here, I think he has a fair chance of following up. Gibbs Hill and Fidaawy do look similar types, though.
York 16:35 – Carolinae
The stable are going along well, and this filly probably ran close to a career-best at Lingfield on All Weather Finals day. Her wins to date have come over 1m and on either fast ground or the all weather, and she has never raced on soft, so those are questions for her to answer, though a mark of 88 looks okay.
York 17:05 – Justanotherbottle
He is another horse from a stable in really good form and he looks to have bolted up at Nottingham on his reappearance. The handicapper hit him hard with a 13lb rise and this will be the softest ground he has raced on, but he has a fair bit to recommend him in yet another competitive race.
York 17:40 – Swiftsure
He hasn't really progressed from an encouraging debut second for me in the soft at Salisbury last season, so hopefully today's similar surface will see him start to fulfil that promise. Maybe it was the fast ground that saw him disappoint over 1m2f at Windsor on his return, and 1m4f and more give underfoot promises to suit him better.
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