The tipsters table, York Races, Friday, May 19, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesDail MailAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting LifeRacingTips.com
2.20Formidable KittMain DesireNeolaNeolaFormidable KittMain DesireFormidable KittFormidable Kitt
2.55Dancing BreezeDancing BreezeTomyrisOn Her ToesSibilanceDancing BreezeDancing BreezeOn Her Toes
3.30Simple Verse (nap)DartmouthClever CookieCrimean TatarDartmouthDartmouthEndless TimeEndless Time
4.05Gibbs HillBurguillosSouthdown LadCymroGibbs HillFidaawyGibbs HillSouthdown Lad
4.35CarolinaeHells BabeLil SophellaLil Sophella (nap)Dark IntentionShypenHells BabeHells Babe
5.05JustanotherbottleSavannah’s DreamAngel Meadow (nap)Jack FlashDakota GoldMajor JumboSavannah's DreamJustanotherbottle
5.40SwiftsureSwiftsure (nb)Brimham RocksAlqamarSwiftsureSwiftsureAlqamarDominating

Rain and soft, testing ground made it virtually impossible to rely on the formbook for the first two days of the Dante meeting.

Tuesday’s results make tough reading for most punters, with the Placepot registering a stupendous £10,865 to a £1 stake, and winners at 10/1 (twice), 11/1 and 20/1 (twice).

No favourites won, indeed favourites managed to make the frame just three times.

Can we fare any better on the final day? Over to tipster Dick Turpin for some good news, we hope.

Turpin writes:

There was no lack of excitement at Knavesmire on Tuesday, just a lack of winners for Turpin, the first time in five years that I have failed to stand and deliver a winner.

Fortunately, I think we can make amends today on the final day via a wonderful Yorkshire Cup contest.

I have had a strong word for the 2015 St Leger winner, Simple Verse, to get the better of likely favourite Dartmouth, both making their seasonal debuts here.

Muntahaa, having performed well at Newbury last month, has to be respected too. But confidence is with in-form Oisin Murphy to steer Simple Verse home safely and recoup Turpin’s ill-gotten losses for the week.

Turpin’s tips

2.20

Win: Formidable Kitt
EW: Kentish Waltz
Longshot: Neola

2.55

Win: Dancing Breeze
EW: Sibilance
Longshot: Classical Times

3.30

Win: Simple Verse (nap)
EW: Dartmouth
Longshot: Endless Time

4.05

Win: Gibbs Hill
EW: Cymro
Longshot: Southdown Lad

4.35

Win: Carolinae
EW: Shypen
Longshot: Bint Arcano

5.05

Win: Justanotherbottle
EW: Dakota Gold
Longshot: Savannah’s Dream

5.40

Win: Swiftsure
EW: Brimham Rocks
Longshot: Investigation


From May 18, 2017 10.57 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival, day 2

The tipsters table, York Races, Thursday, May 18, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesGuardianDail MailAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting LifeRacingTips.com
2.20Robot BoyEast Street RevueOrient ClassEast Street RevueDuke of FirenzeRobot BoyDuke of FirenzeSoie D'LeauEast Street Revue
2.55Queen's TrustSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarQueen's TrustSo Mi DarSo Mi Dar
3.30Crystal Ocean (nap)CracksmanCracksmanBenbatlCracksmanCracksmanBenbatlCracksmanBenbatl
4.05Thikriyaat (n.b.)Another TouchWhite Lake (nap)Chelsea Lad (nb)Here Comes When (nap)Home CumminsThikriyaatTop Notch Tonto (nap)Thikriyaat
4.35Brian The SnailArdadBrian The SnailBrian The SnailBrian The SnailArdadBrian The SnailArdadBrian The Snail
5.05MakanahMakanahMakanahMakanahGlobal TangoVJ DayMakanahMakanahMasar
5.35GracelandGaelic TigerGaelic TigerGraceland (nap)Blue HussarGaelic TigerMr CrippsGracelandGaelic Tiger

The understandable late withdrawal of Cracksman from day 2 of the Dante has denied us the possibility of seeing this son of Frankel emulating his sire’s unforgettable appearance here not so long ago.

Soft ground has also obliged trainer John Gosden to withdraw his other clear favourite, So Mi Dar, from the Middleton Stakes.

Over to Dick Turpin our resident tipster…

Turpin writes:

The rain and softening ground made fools of all the experts yesterday with winners at 12s, 14s and 25-1. But short-priced (4/7) Shutter Speed was an impressive winner of the Musidora in ground she clearly disliked.

She now looks set to avoid the Epsom Oaks and go for the ‘French Oaks’ the Prix Diane instead.

The ground remains on the soft side, so caution is advised again.

The withdrawal of Cracksman is a gift for Crystal Ocean in today’s highlight, the 1m2f Dante Stakes (3.30).

Benbati and Rekindling are the dangers – and the continuing soft ground, despite the welcome sunshine, means the track remains testing. Definitely not a day to bet the farm

Later, the Hambleton Handicap (4.05) looks a fine opportunity for Sir Michael Stoute’s Thikriyaat at decent odds.

If you’re looking for one great longshot chance, Home Cummins (25-1) at the time of writing) might be just the ticket in this race. Never out of the first two in her last three York appearances.

But, again, be warned, the soft ground could make this – and the other six races – something of a lottery today.

Turpin’s tips

2.20

Win: Robot Boy
EW: Duke Of Firenze
Longshot: Soie De L’Eau

2.55

Win: Queen’s Trust
Longshot: The Black Princess

3.30

Win: Crystal Ocean (nap)
EW: Rekindling
Longshot: Exemplar

4.05

Win: Thikriyaat (n.b.)
EW: White Lake
Longshot: Home Cummins

4.35

Win: Brian The Snail
EW: Ardad
Longshot: Jumira Bridge

5.05

Win: Makanah
EW: VJ Day
Longshot: Dontgiveuponbob

5.35

Win: Graceland
EW: Buonarroti
Longshot: Mr Cripps


From May 17, 2017 9.57 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival, day 1

The tipsters table, York Races, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesGuardianDail MailAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting LifeRacingTips.com
2.20LovellInnocent TouchLovell (nb)Repercussion (nap)Erik The RedLovellShabeebLovellRepercussion
2.55Wentworth FallsAl QahwaUdontdodouGeorge BowenMuntadab (nap)Wentworth FallsMuntadabMuntadabMuntadab
3.30Suedois (nb)SuedoisSuedoisBrandoBrandoBrandoBrandoTasleet (nap)Brando
4.05Shutter Speed (nap)Shutter SpeedSerenadaShutter SpeedVociferous MarinaShutter SpeedShutter SpeedShutter SpeedShutter Speed
4.35Harbour GreyChessmanAkhlaaqStarlight RomanceChessmanOrewaSenatorHarbour GreyBattered
5.05Knockout BlowRocket Man DanSantryThe Right ChoiceSantrySantryIt Don't Come EasyPalmerIt Don't Come Easy
5.35Theydon GreyMukhayyamLac LemanRichie McCawBusy StreetSt MaloSt MaloSamtuSt Malo

It’s the Dante curtain-raiser – with seven fascinating contests making it a mouth-watering opening day on Knavesmire for 2017.

Highlight of the day is the Musidora Stakes (4.05) which attracts just five runners, with unbeaten Shutter Speed expected to enhance her claims for the Oaks.

But the story of the other six races, all attracting large fields, needs an expert eye to guide beleaguered punters.

So, who better than a 300-year-old highwayman to ghost his way through the form? Over to our favourite tipster, Dick Turpin.

Turpin writes:

Last year’s Musidora attracted just seven entries; this year, it’s little surprise that only four rivals will be taking on the scintillating Shutter Speed.

John Gosden’s flying filly has done nothing wrong in her two starts, and with Frankie Dettori on board looks set to enhance her credentials over the 1m2f in the 4.05 race.

Next month’s Oaks, over an extra two furlongs, is looking a confident target for the team.

The Duke of York Stakes (3.30) is shaping up to be a thriller too, as Brando makes his reappearance following a decisive Group 3 win at Newmarket last month.

The Ryan-Eaves combo will take all the beating. But Turpin has heard a strong word about the chances of last year’s runner-up, Suedois – and your favourite highwayman loves to go for the longer-odds selections.

The selection was narrowly beaten in 2016 by Magical Memory, and the pair do battle again.

Word from the O’Meara yard is that the six-year-old gelding has the beating of his rival this time, as long as Brando doesn’t spoil the party.

Low stakes are recommended in the opener (2.20) which promises an exciting blanket finish. Strong claims can be made for Shabeeb, Erik The Red and Al Neksh.

But Turpin’s preference is for the relatively unexposed four-year-old, Lovell from a yard in top form.

It wouldn’t be a York raceday without a strong showing from Middleham superstar Mark Johnston.

Knockout Blow is easily the best of his clutch of runners today, and the booking of top jockey Ryan Moore for the five-furlong dash at 5.05 is about as strong a pointer as you can get.

Turpin’s tips

2.20

Win: Lovell
EW: Al Neksh
Longshot: Erik The Red

2.55

Win: Wentworth Falls
EW: Flying Pursuit
Longshot: Udontdodou

3.30

Win: Suedois (nb)
EW: Brando
Longshot: Jungle Cat

4.05

Win: Shutter Speed (nap)
EW: Vociferous Marina

4.35

Win: Harbour Grey
EW: Chessman
Longshot: Sir Reginald Brown

5.05

Win: Knockout Blow
EW: Santry
Longshot: Savalas

5.35

Win: Theydon Grey
EW: St Malo
Longshot: Island Flame