The Queens horse, Carlton House, is amongst the horse betting favourites for Thursday’s Dante Stakes in York.
In a field of six runners Carlton House, along with Sevile and World Domination, all line up with one eye on the Derby next month as they look to stake their claim as favourite for the famous race at Epsom in a fascinating line up.
The 10 furlong race is a key trial ahead of that race, and 2010 derby winning trainer Sir Micahel Stoute, who guided workforce to victory in the 2010 derby having ironically missed out in the Dante Stakes that year, will saddle Carlton Horse, while Workforces owner Khalid Abdullah will go head to head with Stoute as Henry Cecil’s World Domination wears Abdullah’s famous silks.
The Queens horse looked impressive as he won a Newbury maiden as a juvenile last October, a feat World Domination repeated in April.
Seville meanwhile would be Aiden O’Brien’s third successive Dante win should he cross the line first after Black Bear Island and Cape Blanco took victory for the Irishman in 2010 and 2009 respectively.
Marcus Tregoning’s Yaseer gave Carlton House something to think about at Newbury and arrives at York on the back of an excellent third in the Craven Stakes.
He ran a very good race in the Craven and like I’ve said before, he’s a May 26 foal, which is a bit of a disadvantage but he is catching up fast,” he said.
“We have not overtaxed him to this stage and while the Dante will be tough for him he is in good form – it will give us an idea of the level we are at with him.” He added.
With Frankel confirmed as a non-runner for the Derby, horse bets have backed World Domination for victory, with some bookmakers putting him as short as 7/2.