Top Daily Mail pundit Sam Turner is on hand with the best bets on Dante day on the Knavesmire.
DUKE OF FIRENZE (Best price 7-1) shaped with real promise following a slow start at Chester last week and is taken to land this race for the second year running off a 13lb lower mark. A sluggish start and some trouble in running contributed to an unfortunate defeat on the Roodee, but that race should have helped tune up the veteran who looks reasonably drawn in the middle of the track to make an impact on a typically competitive heat.
It is tough to overlook SO MI DAR who, unlike main market rival Queen Trust, is proven on soft ground, the track and has a good record fresh. It was business as usual for the the Gosden/Dettori axis on the Knavesmire yesterday when Shutter Speed made short work of her rivals in the Musidora and their filly holds outstanding claims in this renewal. Like Shutter Speed she won’t be much of a price though and there could better value in stablemate THE BLACK PRINCESS (Best price 6-1) who won’t mind the rain and enjoys a fitness edge over most of her rivals. The selection can be ridden aggressively and she may just spring a minor shock if allowed to dominate.
The arrival of proper soft ground will play to the strengths of HERE COMES WHEN (Best price 16-1) whose record following an absence in excess of six months reads 2123. The selection has plenty of class form on an easy surface and his yard has started the season brilliantly so he could spring a mini surprise if leaving behind one or two lacklustre displays last term. The return to a mile looks a smart move at this stage of his career and connections have already enjoyed big-race success this season.
DONNCHA has emptied more pockets in his time than a snooker referee but he swerved a good opportunity at Ascot on Saturday because the ground was too quick and he could go close to atoning for an unlucky (yet another) run in this race last year when fifth. Punters should keep an eye out for firms offering enhanced place terms with a horse of his profile.
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