Angus McNae's Thursday tips: Expect Nordic's name in Lights at York

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By Angus McNae
Wed 16 May 2018

The Racing UK presenter tipped three winners from four selections last week and has a 10-1 chance in the Dante Stakes at York to consider on Thursday.

The Betfred Dante Stakes takes centre stage at York on Thursday. It is historically a decent trial for the Derby, although such trends though opined ad nauseam are unreliable.

Essentially it’s a good trial for the Derby if top-class prospects turn up for it, if they do not it is not.

Thursday’s race sits under the considerable shadow of Saxon Warrior, the 2000 Guineas winner, and the Dante winner will have to be very impressive if he is to edge his way in to the Derby sunlight.

I will be having an each-way bet in the race at 10-1 and that is one of my four selections for the day.

3.30 York - Nordic Light each-way at a generally available 10-1:

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I think this horse is too big a price at 10-1.

He is unbeaten in two starts at Lingfield and Newmarket and is improving.

Last time out at Newmarket he defied a penalty to beat subsequent easy Nottingham winner Raa Atoll by two lengths.

He won that race in a decent time, clearly seeing out the 10-furlong trip well.

This performance was a big step up on what he had achieved on debut and I believe he can take another step forward here.

It is obviously a tough ask against the back-to-form Roaring Lion and the progressive Mildenberger, but he looks to represent decent each-way value for the in-form Charlie Appleby yard.

2.20 York - El Astronaute at a generally available 9-1:

Sprints at this track last year were dominated by horses drawn low and I have no reason to suspect that has changed. I am with this in-form horse who comes out of stall two.

He shaped like he was at the top of his game last time out when finishing two lengths third to A momentofmadness at Chester.

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He used up plenty of energy early in the race to get across to the rail from a wide draw and I think it is reasonable to assume he would have gone very close to winning if he had been drawn lower.

On this quick, speed favouring five furlongs he could be hard to peg back. I take him to make all from his good low draw.

2.55 York – Coronet at 5-2 with Betfair and Paddy Power:

My suspicion is that this classy filly will go off at a bigger price than she should, with punters and pundits alike believing she needs to run over further to give of her best.

I think she is the class act in this race and whilst her form clearly shows her to be effective at 12 furlongs and further she will be good enough to beat her rivals on the Knavesmire over 10 furlongs.

She has already won over 10 furlongs in Listed company and showed herself to have plenty of zest when too keen behind Enable in the Yorkshire Oaks over 12 furlongs.

If you eliminate any trip concerns then you have a filly with a great chance and, while Hydrangea will be tough Coronet could represent value. 6.55 Newmarket - White Desert at a generally available 9-4:

This horse can give Charlie Appleby another winner.

On his seasonal reappearance and only the third start of his career this son of juvenile champion Teofilo nearly caused an upset in narrowly going down to the 1-5 favourite Glencadam Glory at Wolverhampton.

This seemed to be an improved effort after an eight-month lay-off.

The winner there went on to run well in a Listed race behind Barsanti last weekend and given that effort, White Desert may be well treated off a mark of 83.

He has plenty of stamina in his pedigree and he should enjoy this galloping track. He looks sure to go close.

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