2023 Dante Stakes Odds and Middleton Fillies S Betting Preview

Thursday sees York’s big race of the week, the G2 Dante Stakes, which looks like a wide-open renewal to be contested by twelve runners, making it the largest field since the same number ran in 2016. Here are the Middleton Fillies Stakes & 2023 Dante Stakes Odds by Jazzsports.ag

The Middleton Fillies Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $189,250 – 1 mile 2 Furlongs and 56 yards – Turf – 4-Year-Olds And Up

Free Wind 6/4 who goes for the same owner, trainer, and jockey combination as the favorite Epictetus in the Dante Stakes later has now won five of her last six starts, including the Grade 2 Lancashire Oaks on her only start in 2022.

She’ll be the chalk here but does have to overcome a lengthy layoff. That race turned into a very messy affair and she was very lucky to keep the race after interference a furlong from the wire. It will be interesting to see if she can perform her first time back.

Her main danger looks to be the Richard Hannon barn inmate Aristia 4/1 who is a high-class filly and was last seen when winning the Grade 1 Prix Jean Romanet Stakes in France, and before that, she was second behind the top-class Nashwa in the Grade 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

She’ll be trying to use her strong closing speed to make a late rally for the wire here on this significant class drop.

Others that have proven graded stakes form are Toskana Belle 15/2 who was a fine second in the Jockey Club Oaks Invitational Stakes at Belmont At The Big A last season against a top US filly in McKulick.

And, Sea Silk Road 5/1 is another well-fancied rival for the chalk here and she had some top-class form on the board, with the standout being her second in the Ribblesdale Stakes at the 2022 Royal Ascot meeting. Her run in the Grade 3 Princess Royal Stakes at Newmarket may just have been one race too many at the end of the season and she is a definite player here.

At bigger odds on the board, then Rogue Millenium 20/1 could be an exotics play here. She was second in the Listed Magnolia Stakes on her last run last season but has already matched that in the Grade 3 Prix Allez France at Longchamp just over two weeks ago. She’ll be fitter than most and has a chance to hit the board.

2023 Middleton Fillies Stakes Odds & Prediction

Free Wind is the highest-rated runner in the field and having won five out of six races she has to be on any handicapper’s radar.

However, arguably the best piece of form is held by ARISTIA who ran very well in her last two attempts at the Grade 1 level and gets some nice class relief today.

Toskana Belle, Sea Silk Road, and Rogue Millenium should all be battling for a slice of this valuable purse.

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
Free WindFrankie Dettori+140
AristiaSean Levey+400
Sea Silk RoadWilliam Buick+500
Toskana BelleDavid Egan +750
Stay AlertOisin Murphy+700
Rogue MillenniumJack Mitchell+2000
State OccasionRyan Moore+1800
PoptronicSam Janes+2000

The Dante Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $235,000 – 1 mile 2 furlongs and 56 yards – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

We have to kick off the review with Passenger 11/2 from the same jockey trainer combo that won this last year with Desert Crown. Passenger broke the maiden tag the first time in the Wood Ditton Stakes at Newmarket, a race that down the years Sir Michael Stoute has used to introduce some of his top horses.

He stalked the strong pace and as they hit the two-furlong pole, jockey Ryan Moore urged him to the front and he widened well to win by three lengths. This is a step up the class ladder but he is one of the leading contenders here.

The early chalk for the race is Epictetus 7/2, who has already come out this season to win the Blue Riband Derby Trial Stakes at Epsom. He hails from the powerful father and son team of John & Thady Gosden and of course, jockey Frankie Dettori will be hoping this one can give him another Derby winner before he retires at the end of the season.

Epictetus travelled very well in hand stalking the pace in the above race and widened by two lengths at the furlong pole. He had to battle late and looked as though he might get caught on what was a heavy track on the turf. He was clearly the best horse on the day and will have come on for the run after a long layoff.

All the big barns are represented here with Flying Honours 4/1 going for Charlie Appleby and Continuous 6/1 going for Aiden O’Brien.

Flying Honours is coming back from a 222-day layoff so will be doing well to win here. He finished third behind another of today’s foes The Foxes 7/1 in the Grade 2 Royal Lodge Stakes with Dubai Mile (ran very well in the 2000 Guineas) in second. His final run was in the Grade 3 Zetland Stakes where he took advantage of the class drop to win well. The question is will he be sharp enough?

Continuous was unbeaten at two years old, breaking the maiden first time before stepping up the class ladder to win the Grade 3 Thomas Bryon Stakes in France back in September. He is another coming back from a long layoff and it remains to be seen how he goes with the barn’s horses running under par at present.

For across-the-board players then Liberty Lane 28/1 looks interesting at huge odds on the board. He was second behind Waipiro in a Novice Stakes event at Newmarket last month. He gave that horse 7lbs and Waipiro has since gone on the finish second in the Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield just a few days ago.

2023 Dante Stakes Odds & Prediction

Epictetus was impressive at Epsom recently and should be much fitter following that seasonal debut and it will be a surprise if he does not hit the board here.

The selection though has to be from last year’s winning barn and the vote goes to PASSENGER who widened like a very smart colt on debut and he can win this before going on to tackle the Derby at Epsom next month.
Both The Foxes and Liberty Lane can be battling for a slice underneath.

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
EpictetusFrankie Dettori+350
Flying HonoursWilliam Buick+400
PassengerRichard Kingscote+550
Canberra LegendDaniel Muscutt+650
Continuous Ryan Moore+700
The FoxesOisin Murphy+600
White BirchShane Foley+1000
Dear My FriendAndrea Atzeri+2000
King Of SteelKevin Stott+2800
Dancing MagicKieran Shoemark+2800
Liberty LaneClifford Lee+2800
Killybegs WarriorFranny Norton +6600

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