Thursday 18 May 2017

3.30 York – Betfred Dante Stakes

At 50/1, CONTRAPPOSTO is worth an each-way bet in tomorrow’s Dante Stakes at York. Having shaped with promise in this season’s Craven Stakes at Newmarket, his price is a little bit of a head scratcher.

This is no doubt due to his low-key trainer, David Menuisier, who wouldn’t be a household name like O’Brien or Gosden. While the case, he’s a trainer I have time for and in this son of Cacique, he has a classy operator.

It took the selection three goes to break his maiden last season, but in fairness to the horse, he contested plenty strong contests and always acquitted himself well. He then ran below par in the Racing Post Trophy at the backend of 2016, but horses can do that late in the campaign.

His seasonal return in a strong Craven marked him down as an improved horse, despite his effort coming on ground likely to be quicker than ideal. He only has two lengths to find with Benbatl, an 8/1 shot, and the Craven is as strong a form-line as any in this race. The one mile trip at Newmarket was also on the sharp side for him so with him returning to soft terrain over further tomorrow, he is of interest.

While it’s unlikely he’ll win, he could easily run into the frame and it’s in this part of the bet he offers great value.

Advice

1pt each-way Contrapposto @50/1 (Paddy Power), 40/1 (Betfair, Bet Victor, Sky Bet, StanJames)

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