Dante Stakes And Yorkshire Cup Trends

The Dante Festival is currently underway in York with a number of group races set to be contested. In this blog, we take a look at two of these group races – tomorrow’s Dante Stakes and Friday’s Yorkshire Cup – and focus in on the top five trends of each event.

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Dante Stakes

1. There has been no winning favourite in the Dante Stakes since Authorized’s triumph in 2007. Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge was the last of three consecutive market leaders to emerge victorious following the victory of Motivator in 2005 and that of Septimus in 2006.

2. York experience shouldn’t effect the outcome of the Dante Stakes with only last season’s victor The Grey Gatsby having previously won at the course prior to his run in the race. This the only such occurrence in the last 15 years.

3. Kevin Ryan’s horse is another anomaly with regards to the last 15 winners in that the three-year-old had a total of six runs before picking up the Dante Stakes trophy. Nine of the last 15 victorious horses had only appeared on course twice.

4. Just four of the winners since the turn of the new century had previously emerged triumphant from a group event. The last of these was Cape Blanco back in 2010, both a Group 2 and 3 winner prior to taking home the Dante. Motivator, Septimus and Authorized complete this quartet.

5. Finally, whilst nine of the last 15 Dante winners had won on their last appearance before the York feature, the last to do so was Carlton House in 2010. Consequentially, none of the last three winners had secured victory on their last previous run.

Yorkshire Cup

1. Just two of the last eight winners have previously won over the 14f distance, the last being Red Cadeaux in 2012. These eight horses were all triumphant following the extending of the Yorkshire Cup distance from 13f in 2007.

2. Sergeant Cecil had previously been victorious at York before taking the Yorkshire Cup in 2007, the only time previous course experience had won the day in the last 15 years. Horses previously successful at Ascot have gone on to take the Yorkshire Cup on seven of these 15 occasions. A previous Newmarket win is another sign of a potential Yorkshire Cup winner.

3. All of the last four Yorkshire Cup winners since Manifest have scored group wins prior to their outing in York. Indeed nine of the last 15 winners have previously been successful in a group race before their Yorkshire Cup triumph.

4. Quite Amazingly, last season’s Yorkshire Cup winner Gospel Choir became the first horse since Kayf Tara (2000) to have claimed the Yorkshire Group 2 as part of a sequence of back-to-back victories. Not one of the 12 winners separating them had managed to win on their last previous run.

5. In terms of odds, Gospel Choir was the favourite when taking home the Yorkshire Cup last season ending a three year wait for another triumphant market leader. Six favourites have picked up the Yorkshire Cup in the last 15 years with only 2013 winner Glen’s Diamond having a starting price of greater than 10/1.

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