York Dante Festival: Day 2 Tips | 17th May 2018

All eyes are on York this week and racing tipster Graeme Johnston picks out his best bets from Day 3’s action from the Dante Festival.

2:20 York


A five furlong sprint with 19 runners that promises to be fast and furious and there is plenty of big-priced runners in here. Lots of these look to hold chances but I’m going for a local hope who has solid course form.

East Street Review is trained by Tim Easterby and has two wins over course and distance to his name. He has a really progressive profile and there is no reason to think this five year-old has reached his peak just yet.

He races off a mark 4lbs higher than his highest winning mark but I feel he is capable of defying this. The yard love a winner at this meeting and he has been nibbled at in the market already.

He was a good second in a decent race on his seasonal debut last year so he can go well fresh and in my opinion he is superb each way value.

2:55 York


The Middleton Stakes is a Group 2 for fillies ran over an extended 10 furlongs and some pretty high class fillies are lining up. This race is likely to throw up plenty of future winners and as well as being a good betting heat it will be worth watching back.

Chain Of Daisies has developed in to a pretty high class mare and was last seen when winning a listed race at Newmarket in great style from the front. She’s a Group race winner and it’s worth noting that she holds a verdict over the top class Ulysses so Thursday’s rivals aren’t overly daunting.

She is likely to get an uncontested lead here and in my opinion her rivals may have bigger targets later in the season so with an easy lead she may prove impossible to peg back and I feel she is a very generous price.

3:30 York


The Dante Stakes has become the most important Derby trial in the UK and always throws up a high class winner and this year’s renewal looks no different. The Guineas form has its first opportunity to be tested but I’m once again going for a local runner.

Wells Farhh Go is unbeaten in two starts and was last seen when winning the Acomb Stakes at this course as a two year-old. The form of that race has worked out really well with the second winning the Greenham and the favourite that day Dee Ex Bee running with credit in Derby trials this season.

He is bred to stay and I don’t think he will race over this distance again as he shapes like a real stayer, in my opinion. He represents a yard that would love to win this race and in an open looking renewal I think he is a fantastic each-way bet and I’m looking forward to seeing him return.

Best Bets

2:20 York – East Street Review

2:55 York – Chain Of Daisies

3:30 York – Wells Farhh Go each-way