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Liber Nauticus - York 15/5/2013

The ground at York has dried out for day two of the Dante meeting

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Sunny start leads to going change at York

A DRY night and sunny morning have combined to alter the going to good on day two of the Dante meeting at York.

The opening day ended on ground officially described as good to soft, good in places but assistant clerk of the course Anthea Morshead changed the going to good, good to soft in places early on Thursday morning before making a further change just after noon.

Morshead said: "It's been sunny and dry and has been gradually drying up all morning. We might catch an odd light shower this afternoon but there'll only be spots of rain."

The feature race is the Betfred Dante Stakes at 2.45pm where Aidan O'Brien bids to continue his clean sweep of the Derby trials with general 11-4 favourite Indian Chief.

Jim Bolger, responsible for Investec Derby favourite Dawn Approach, saddles Trading Leather in the race, who has attracted support this morning and is now a general 5-1 shot (from 6-1).

The best-backed horse on the card comes in the 2m handicap at 5pm, where Dark Ranger has been supported to continue his fine form in the race.

Winner in 2011 and runner-up last year, his price has halved this morning to 10-1 with BetVictor.

Emirates Queen is proving very weak in the Betfred Middleton Stakes at 2.15pm in what is becoming quite a keen betting heat.

Charlie McCann, spokesman for BetVictor, said: "Emirates Queen is out to 7-1 (from 11-2) as six of the eight runners have attracted support.

"French raider Dalkala is likely to go off favourite but she doesn't look out of the top drawer and I expect one of the British fillies to improve past her; but which one?"

In the opening sprint at 1.45pm, Pricewise selection Dungannon is very popular with BetVictor going 7-1 having started the day at 12s.

 
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