The Dante Stake is normally one of the premier trials for the Derby, but the 2020 Dante Stakes comes after the Derby in the post-lockdown schedule. That shouldn’t detract from what is a massive race in its own right and six runners are set to go to post Group 2 race over 1 mile 2 furlongs and 56 yards.
John Gosden has trained three of the last five winners and he relies on Encipher this year. But the son of Siyouni is the lowest-rated runner in the field, having been beaten by the re-opposing Al Madhar last time. Richard Hannon’s charge is another sired by Siyouni and this unbeaten colt could take another step forward on just his third start. However, the owner’s number one jockey Jim Crowley is riding elsewhere.
Cormorant represents Aidan O’Brien but it’s 10-years since the Irish maestro won the Dante. Ryan Moore is also riding elsewhere, so James Doyle takes the ride. Thunderous represents Yorkshire-based trainer Mark Johnston and, though Johnston has never won the Dante, he could go well after chasing home Volkan Star last time.
Juan Elcano represents another Nothern trainer in Kevin Ryan who won the 2017 Dante with The Grey Gatsby. This Frankel Colt was good enough to finish fifth in the 2,000 Guineas, and is the highest-rated entry because of that, but he was disappointing when only fourth at Royal Ascot. One of the horses that finished in front of him that day was trained by Sir Michael Stoute, and Stoute should be able to use that form to assess the chances of his runner here.
Highest Ground is our Dante Stakes tip. He has been the subject of some promising whispers from the gallop-watchers at Newmarket this year and he confirmed that with a stylish win at Haydock last time. This son of Frankel was entered in the Derby but can reward his trainer’s patience by giving Stoute a seventh Dante success. Ryan Moore has ridden him in both his runs but Stoute has shrewdly booked Oisin Murphy, who is riding brilliantly and is bidding for a Dante hat-trick.
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