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Daryl Carter’s Best Bets (Wednesday, May 11th)

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Top tipster Daryl Carter takes aim at Day 1 of York’s Dante Festival where he has four selections across the card. Check out his thoughts below, alongside Bet365‘s new customer offer of Bet £10, Get £50 In Free Bets.

Odds correct at time of publishing.


GLOBAL STORM – 1.50 York (1pt each-way, 7/1 Betfair, Paddy Power, BetVictor)

GLOBAL STORM has responded well to the fitting of the cheekpieces in his last two starts in Meydan, and it’s probably best to forgive his out of character below-par run at Doncaster when fitted with them for the first time.

It’s hard to find an excuse for that run, but his figures are so far below what he has recorded on average that I am happy to put a line through it. His latest piece of form in Dubai reads exceptionally well, and he was denied a clear run in the final 100 yards to finish under hand and heels riding in a hot Group 2. He is back in a handicap today, and Charlie Appleby has used the services of Harry Davies and his seven pounds claim to precision already this season, and this looks like another good spot.

He was in the process of running well here in the Ebor before being denied a clear run, and today’s quick ground should see him to good effect. This is not a deep handicap with negatives against many of his rivals today, and he has a race fitness edge over the unexposed favourite – who could be anything. Still, there’s a suspicion he wants softer ground, but he rates the clear and main danger to the selection.


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DAKOTA GOLD – 2.25 York (1pt each-way, 14/1 generally)

DAKOTA GOLD’S reappearance run wouldn’t give you much confidence today, but he wasn’t knocked about by Connor Beasley, and trainer Michael Dods’ horses have needed the run this term across the board.

It might be wise to forgive that effort at Musselburgh, given his tremendous record at this York venue. He has form figures that outside of Group 1 company read 5121110321, and when looking at those runs over five 1/2f and today’s trip of six furlongs, they read 1121121. He has remarkably strong form during those runs – the latest of those scoring in a Group 3 over The Tin Man, and his latest five-furlong effort was a three-length defeat to Winter Power, who also has a spectacular record at this venue.

He may not be the force of old, but he is into a handicap here at York for the first time since Aug 19′ when scoring off a handicap mark of 104. He should strip fitter for his latest effort, and his second time out form figures outside of Group company read 213221, so he is hard to ignore off what is his lowest rating since 2019.


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MINZAAL – 3.00 York (1pt win, 4/1 bet365, BetVictor, Betfred)

There’s not loads of pace on in this race, and that could prove an issue for the likes of Rohaan, who is one to keep on side this season, as well as course winner Happy Romance.

MINZAAL did remarkably well on return from a long break at Ascot when finishing runner up in a Listed contest splitting two race fit hardy rivals from the rear off a slow pace on ground he had never encountered before over a trip he had never run over. He was denied a clear run there and emerged with plenty of credit.

He ran a mighty race when failing to get cover on the wing in the Champion Sprint when third to Creative Force, and given those two runs came in the space of two weeks, it’s even more vital to upgrade his performances.

He makes his seasonal return at York today, where he won the Gimcrack at two years and returns to a faster surface, which will certainly suit him. He should have had a much better prep for this seasonal return than he did in the Champion Sprint (rushed prep), and there is surely more to come from him this season for which he could turn out to be one of the leading six-furlong sprinters of the season.


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MOJOMAKER – 4.10 York (1pt each-way, 7/1 William Hill, 888sport, Boylesports)

Samburu could prove miles ahead of the handicapper after his cosy success at Sandown 21 days ago, and he is not taken lightly here. Still, MOJOMAKER had been knocking on the door in some hot two-year-old contests last term and always shaped as though a step up in trip to 7f would suit him.

He caught the eye returned to turf at Doncaster last time when only narrowly held closing on his rival right to the line, and he should strip fitter for that outing. He ran well when outpaced over 6f here at York in the Yearling Stakes, and the form of that contest makes his handicap mark look extremely light.

His latest run was the first after wind surgery and a gelding operation, so he is entitled to improve a good deal for that outing. He is up against it with today’s favourite, but he looks highly likely to be the one to follow him home and should he fluff his lines, he will pick up the pieces.


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Daryl Carter’s Best Bets

GLOBAL STORM – 1.50 York (1pt each-way, 7/1 Betfair, Paddy Power, BetVictor)

DAKOTA GOLD – 2.25 York (1pt each-way, 14/1 generally)

MINZAAL – 3.00 York (1pt win, 4/1 bet365, BetVictor, Betfred)

MOJOMAKER – 4.10 York (1pt each-way, 7/1 William Hill, 888sport, Boylesports)


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