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2012 Dante Stakes field - Derby trial preview and latest betting

Ryan Moore and Carlton House (second right) win the Dante Stakes from Seville (second left) at York on May 12, 2011 (credit: Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

Epsom Derby second favourite Bonfire, who missed last week’s Dee Stakes due to the soft ground, will have his Classic warm-up in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York.

Andrew Balding’s colt was an easy winner on his debut at Salisbury last season before finishing an unlucky third in a Group One race in France behind subsequent 2,000 Guineas runner-up French Fifteen.

Bonfire, a 10/1 chance for Epsom behind Sportingbet’s 11/10 favourite Camelot, is among a field of seven declared for the Dante, which is generally regarded as the key trial for the Epsom Derby.

John Gosden's 2000 Guineas sixth Fencing brings Classic form to the table after a good juvenile campaign in which he finished third behind Guineas winner Camelot at Doncaster.

Roger Varian's Ektihaam is the only one of the seven declared runners to have won this season.

The giant colt finished last in the Dewhurst Stakes last term but showed that to be all wrong when returning this season with a smooth performance at Newbury.

Godolphin's Mandaean was unbeaten in France last season for Andre Fabre, including a Group One at Saint Cloud. He has since joined Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Another viable candidate is Aidan O'Brien's Ernest Hemingway. A few dry days in Yorkshire have encouraged O'Brien to let the once-raced 10-length maiden winner take his chance.

Clive Cox has declared maiden Dream Tune, while Bryan Smart runs 2000 Guineas seventh Ptolemaic.

But Sir Henry Cecil has decided against running both Noble Mission and Wrotham Heath.

Betfred Dante Stakes full field and Paddy Power odds

  2/1 Bonfire – Jimmy Fortune
  5/2 Mandaean – Mickael Barzalona
  9/2 Ernest Hemingway – Joseph O’Brien
  5/1 Ektihaam – Tadhg O’Shea
13/2 Fencing – William Buick
33/1 Dream Tune – Adam Kirby
50/1 Ptolemaic – Tom Eaves


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2012 Dante Stakes field - Derby trial preview and latest betting

Epsom Derby second favourite Bonfire, who missed last week’s Dee Stakes due to the soft ground, will have his Classic warm-up in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York.

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