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  • 14:30 totesport Dante Stakes 1m 2f 88y

  • (Group 2) £150,000 added 3yo 6 ran
  • Winner £85,155 2nd £32,280 3rd £16,155 4th £8,055
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 2m 13.49s
  • Off time: 14:32:11

Hats off for Carlton House

Carlton House is the new favourite for the Investec Derby

Last Updated: 12/05/11 4:34pm

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Carlton House: New Derby favourite

Carlton House: New Derby favourite

The Queen's Carlton House won the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes at York.

The Dante has emerged as one of the most significant of the Investec Derby Trials in recent years with Workforce, Authorized and Motivator all going on to score on the Epsom Downs.

Aidan O'Brien has won three of the last five renewals and saddled favourite Seville but the Racing Post Trophy winner had to settle for second behind Carlton House in a time that was around three and a half seconds slower than Midday had run over the same course and distance half an hour earlier.

Sir Michael Stoute's colt was having his first run since impressively winning a Newbury maiden last October and showed his inexperience when getting a little worked up going into the stalls.

The son of Street Cry also raced a shade keenly during a slowly run race but he showed a tremendous attitude to quicken through a very narrow gap between the front-running Pisco Sour and Seville at around the furlong pole.

Carlton House and Seville came close together in the run to the line but it was Ryan Moore's mount that proved the strongest, prevailing by a length and a half to become Stoute's sixth Dante winner.

He had been held up in his home work, first by the unusually dry spring, and secondly when he got some puss in a foot so can be expected to improve appreciably for this run.

Moore and Stoute

Moore was, however, less than impressed with the way that the race was run:

"He has done well there. "It was a horrible race as they didn't go any pace.

"It's shame, really, because nobody learned a great deal.

"He still showed a very good turn of foot. His work has been very good at home.

"We were pushed to the start - it was a messy, stupid race.

"It's only his third race and it's a nice race to win."

However, the winning trainer was a little happier with the performance and Stoute said: "I'm very pleased with him. We thought it could be a messy race, and it certainly turned out to be that.

"He learned a bit and I was delighted.

"He went through a tight opening and let's hope he can progress a bit more from that."

Stoute added: "In the early part of the race he was just a little keen, which is uncharacteristic.

"It was very satisfactory for a horse who had only raced twice beforehand.

"We had him ready for this as we couldn't find a race prior to the Dante.

"I would be surprised if the trip was a problem in the Derby."

John Warren

John Warren, the Queen's racing manager, said of Carlton House: "That was better than I expected as I was slightly pessimistic.

"I loved the way he went through the gap as it shows he'd have no trouble with a course like Epsom where you might get trouble.

"I talked to Her Majesty through the race and she was concerned about the lack of pace but when he went through the gap she let out a yelp!

"I think the fact they went no gallop could benefit him in the long run as he has only raced for three furlongs.

"The Derby hasn't been something we've talked about as he had only won a maiden, but Sir Michael said after Newbury we'd definitely be looking for a trial, which is unusual for him.

"The Queen will be at Epsom and this will mean a lot to her.

"It is fantastic for racing and if she can help the industry, all the better."


O'Brien was satisfied with the performance of runner-up Seville. He said: "It was a very good race and a very good trial.

"We are delighted with our fellow, but the winner picked up better than we did.

"We can't complain, and the likelihood is he'll go to Epsom."

World Domination

Connections of the much-vaunted World Domination, who finished fourth, are now cool on the idea of running him in the premier Classic.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: "We are happy enough, but he's still a big baby.

"At this stage I'd say Epsom is unlikely - he might go to Ascot."

Pisco Sour

Hughie Morrison, trainer of third-placed Pisco Sour, said: "He's run a very good race - better than anyone would have thought.

"We came here thinking the ground would be good to soft, but it ended up being quite quick.

"I thought we might end up running in the Queen's Vase at Ascot, but we obviously have to look at the Derby now."

Betting Reaction

The bookmakers were certainly impressed with Sky Bet promoting the winner to 6-4 favouritism from 9-2 whilst they also pushed Seville out to 7-1 from 6s and the disappointing World Domination is now available at 20-1.

The bookmakers were certainly impressed with Sky Bet promoting the winner to 6-4 favouritism from 9-2 whilst they also pushed Seville out to 7-1 from 6s and the disappointing World Domination is now available at 20-1.

Victor Chandler are 7-4 about Carlton House, also from 9-2, for the Derby and make him a 12-1 chance from 25-1 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe whilst totesport were a fraction longer for the Epsom showpiece at 2-1.

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