Taking place at York Racecourse, the Dante Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race competed by thoroughbreds aged three years and older.
With the horses covering a distance of one mile, two furlongs and 88 yards, this is a race steeped in history and is extremely popular with horse racing punters. Forming part of the Dante Festival meeting, this year’s race is set to take place on Thursday 17th May.
Ever since 1958 – when this race first took place – it has been a permanent fixture in the British horse racing calendar and on the second day of the Festival at York.
It is also seen as the trial for the Epsom Derby, so there will be many watching this race unfold with interest. Nine horses that have won this race have gone on to secure the massive win at the Derby,
As far as the most successful jockey at the Dante Stakes is concerned, this honour belongs to Pat Eddery. The Irishman has secured six wins in this race between 1981 and 1993.
Henry Cecil is then most successful trainer by far with seven wins, the most recent of which was in 1993 with Tenby.
When assessing the betting market for this race, it is always worth looking at how things panned out in the previous year. Well, at the 2011 Dante Stakes was won by Ryan Moore with Sir Michael Stoute Carlton House with Stoute keeping up his impressive record in recent years.
As for the 2012 race, the current betting favourite is Camelot. Heading a strong field, this Racing Post Trophy winner – trained by the very successful Aidan O’Brien – is available at 5/4 to emerge victorious.
Camelot is the overwhelming favourite too with Bonfire and Akeed Mofeed at 12/1. Our pick comes from slightly further adrift though.
We expect Henry Cecil, the most successful trainer in the history of the race, to get his first win in 19 years with Noble Mission – who has already won at Newbury this year – available at 25/1 with some bookies.