Connect with us

Betting

AL BASTI EQUIWORLD DUBAI DANTE STAKES: Kempton winner Uncle Bryn in line for Derby trial at York

Uncle Bryn leads Britain’s hopes in the 2021 Dante Stakes this Thursday

Published

on

Robert Havlin riding Uncle Bryn wins the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Kempton Park Racecourse.

Debutant Kempton winner Uncle Bryn heads for Thursday’s Group 2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York for a fascinating clash with Aidan O’Brien’s High Definition.

The Sea The Stars colt tasted a first career defeat in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom in April, seen off by Wirko and Technique in Surrey, but perhaps not getting the run of things on the day.

Uncle Bryn could only finish third on turf debut at Epsom last month and bids to get back on track in the Dante Stakes later this week

That form has been battered since with the front two going onto suffer heavy defeats in their following outings, but John & Thady Gosden's colt is sure to have improved for the experience as he tackles a stellar field for the renewal of the infamous Yorkshire contest.

The form of his handler in this event also bodes well for the Classic hopeful, with Gosden winning three of the last six Dante Stake's dating back to 2015.

Golden Horn, trained by John Gosden, was the last victor of the Dante Stakes to go onto win the Derby at Epsom

In the aftermath of his defeat at the Downs in April, Gosden told the Racing Post: "He was coltish in proceedings and looked at everything when he hit the front.

"He will come on a lot mentally for the run."

WATCH: DANTE STAKES CONTENDER UNCLE BRYN WON AT KEMPTON PARK ON HIS DEBUT BACK IN SEPTEMBER 2020 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He joins Megallan as the Newmarket yard's contenders in the north in the field of 11, with Frankie Dettori siding with the Epsom third and Martin Harley getting the leg-up on his stable-mate.

WATCH: POETIC FLARE TOOK THE FIRST CLASSIC OF THE SEASON WHEN WINNING THE 2,000 GUINEAS FOR JIM BOLGER, WITH CONNECTIONS RUNNING FLYING VISIT IN THE DANTE STAKES THIS WEEK [CREDIT: RACING TV]

High Definition is the sole Ballydoyle representative as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record and exact his Derby credentials on his first attempt over a mile-and-a-quarter.

The unbeaten High Definition puts his record on the line in the Dante Stakes at York this Thursday

There were whispers that he would head for the Lingfield Trial last weekend but connections have opted to head to the Dante Festival instead, with the Galileo son set to make his first racecourse appearance since September.

WATCH: CAN HIGH DEFINITION PROVIDE AIDAN O'BRIEN WITH HIS FIRST DANTE STAKES WINNER IN 11 YEARS? [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Despite O'Brien's brilliant record in the Classic, he has not trained the winner of this particular race since 2010 when Cape Blanco secured victory under Johnny Murtagh.

He did, however, win the race on a further three occasions between 1998 and 2009.

Mark Johnston
Gear Up's handler Mark Johnston won the Dante Stakes in 2017 and 2020 through Permain and Thunderous, respectively

Group 1 winner Gear Up holds some solid form after his Saint-Cloud exploits and is set to be saddled by Mark Johnston, with the Teofilo three-year-old last seen demolishing a French field that included current Derby favourite, Bolshoi Ballet.

Additionally, Flying Visit bids to give relatives of the recent 2,000 Guineas winner more glory on English shores after their Newmarket exploits earlier this month.

York's three-day Dante Festival gets underway on Wednesday afternoon, with the Dante Stakes taking place on Thursday

Alenquer, Belloccio, Hurricane Lane, Pythagoras, Roman Empire and Royal Champion make up the rest of the contest.

Can Charlie Appleby land his first Dante Stakes success as a trainer at York through Hurricane Lane?

Thursday's feature race gets underway at 3:10pm and is the fourth of seven contests on the card.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

Advertisement