Dante Stakes preview: John Gosden desperate to assess Magisterial potential at York with El Bodegon the ‘one to beat’

Trainer John Gosden chats to Frankie Dettori ahead of the Musidora Stakes

John Gosden expects to have a clearer concept about Magisterial’s potential ambitions after Thursday’s Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York.

The Clarehaven handler has saddled 4 earlier winners of Britain’s most recognised Derby trial, together with two subsequent Epsom heroes in Benny The Dip (1997) and Golden Horn (2015).

However whereas that pair had already gained in stakes firm previous to lining up on the Knavesmire, Magisterial faces a big step up in school after a low-key comeback win at Leicester final month.

“He bought the run of the race (at Leicester),” Gosden admitted. “That is the Dante – there’s all the time good colts in there. And I feel from that perspective, he deserves to take his likelihood – then we’ll know which means we wish to go together with him afterwards.”

The Frankel colt is about to face eight rivals within the arms of Frankie Dettori, with James Ferguson of the assumption that his Group One-winning colt El Bodegon is “the one to beat”.

Magisterial has gained two of his three begins for John and Thady Gosden

The three-year-old gained three of his 5 begins as a juvenile final season, supplementing Group Three success at Chantilly with a top-level victory within the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October.

The type of that 10-furlong contest might hardly have labored out higher, with Aidan O’Brien’s runner-up Stone Age now favorite for the Cazoo Derby at Epsom subsequent month, whereas the fourth residence Buckaroo has since emerged as a number one contender for the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Having been off the monitor since, El Bodegon was initially set to reappear in final weekend’s Prix Greffulhe – and whereas a minor setback meant he as a substitute returns on the Knavesmire 4 days later, Ferguson has no worries about his health.

“I would not have declared him if I did not assume he was 100 per cent. It was very minor and he is A1,” stated the Newmarket handler. “It’s totally thrilling and it will likely be good to get him out. There is a lengthy 12 months forward. He is the one Group One winner within the subject and we have overwhelmed the Derby favorite.

“Stone Age seems progressive and has clearly achieved very effectively from two to a few, however on paper you have to be very pleased with what we have got right here within the yard. We have to keep in mind that that is our first run of the season, however we’re going there with loads of confidence.”

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Jockey Danny Muscutt is happy to get on board James Ferguson’s Dante hopeful El Bodegon at York on Thursday and says rain would assist their possibilities.

Having gained in testing circumstances in France, El Bodegon will encounter a faster floor on Thursday, however Ferguson is comfortable to roll the cube with a horse who’s 25/1 to say Derby glory as issues stand.

He added: “I truthfully do not assume you may make these selections (concerning floor) till you’ve got truly tried it. We have not focused delicate floor, he can simply deal with it higher than others. I feel over the journey he’ll be nice. We’re wanting ahead to it and hopefully he can go there and put his greatest foot ahead.

“If we wish to go to a Derby, we’ll have to present him a run. On paper and on type he is the one to beat and it is fantastic to have a horse working in a race just like the Dante with a real likelihood.”

The doubtless favorite is the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Desert Crown, who has been a plunge horse within the Derby market in latest weeks regardless of solely successful a Nottingham novice occasion so far.

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Jockey Richard Kingscote expects the Dante Stakes to be an excellent lesson for Derby fancy Desert Crown and says using winners for the Queen is ‘particular’ after Kiteflyer’s victory at Chepstow.

Bruce Raymond, racing supervisor to proprietor Saeed Suhail, whose colors had been carried to Derby glory by Stoute’s Kris Kin in 2003, stated: “I assume we have now to view him like that (with Derby potential). Sir Michael is bringing him alongside very steadily, a month in the past you definitely would not have been considering of successful any Derby however he is coming handy now.

“One factor about our horse is he’ll keep very effectively and no matter he does within the Dante, he’ll enhance loads for. He’d must run effectively, but when he will get beat it does not mechanically imply he would not run within the Derby. It is his first run, however ought to he run effectively we would give it some thought. He might be a good horse in time.”

Aidan O’Brien runs Bluegrass, fourth within the Ballysax Stakes on his reappearance and ridden by Ryan Moore, with the duo having mopped up a lot of the Derby trials so far.

Mark and Charlie Johnston’s Royal Patronage seems lower than two weeks after ending down the sector within the 2000 Guineas.

Charlie Johnston instructed Sky Sports activities Racing: “I used to be comfortable sufficient with the Guineas run, albeit we did not go there to complete eighth. When you have a look at the race a furlong and a half out, he is in there pitching with Coroebus on one facet and Native Path on the opposite and by getting concerned within the warmth of battle, he is then paid for it within the final 150 yards and pale within the dying strides.

“Bodily and on pedigree and on his homework all spring, we presumed we would be going as much as these form of journeys this 12 months and we’ll be taught extra within the Dante as to the place we’ll be for the remainder of the 12 months.”

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