This year’s Dante Stakes at York will take place next week, on Thursday 12th May. The race is a Group 2 and serves as an important trial race for the Epsom Derby, the biggest flat race in Britain, if not the world. This article aims to provide the horse racing punter with all the information required to help find the winner of this year’s Dante Stakes.

The Dante Stakes is run over a mile and two furlongs, as opposed to the mile and four furlongs of the Derby, and is named after a race horse trained in Yorkshire – Dante. The horse remains the last Northern trained winner of the Derby (in 1945) and he became something of a local hero.

Since the Dante Stakes was created in 1958, nine horses have gone on to win both the Dante and the Derby. The race has a good record as a Derby trial anyway, but this has been especially noticeable in recent years as the winner of the York race has gone on to land the Derby three times in the last seven years. Furthermore, Tartan Bearer (the 2008 Dante winner) went on to finish second at Epsom, while Workforce (Dante runner up in 2010) went on to win the Derby.

So what should we look for, when trying to find the Dante winner?

Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien are definitely the trainers to follow in the Dante, as they have trained nine Dante winners between them, with three each in the last ten years. Kieren Fallon is the jockey with the best recent Dante record, having sat on three winners in the last decade. Any Dante horse connected to these three is likely to be worth a bet.

There a few trends to emerge amongst Dante winners, the most notable being proven stamina. Nine of the last ten Dante winners had already landed a race run over a mile or further, prior to their Dante victory. All ten of them had won a race, regardless of distance, coming into the Dante, so avoid placing a bet on a horse yet to get off the mark.

Recent form is also something worth considering when looking for a potential Dante winner, as seven of the last ten winners had won their race prior to the Dante. We should also be looking at horses with proven class – six of the last ten winners had already booked a win in Listed or Group company.

Irish bred horses are usually worth a bet, as they have a particularly strong record in the Dante Stakes, while all of the last ten Dante winners had been sired by a Group winning horse (with the vast majority of those being Group 1 winning sires, over one mile and two furlongs or better).

So if you’re looking to place a bet on next week’s Dante Stakes, here’s a quick recap of the preferred characteristics to look out for:

• Irish bred
• Sired by a Group winner, preferably a Group 1 winner over 1m 2f or further
• Won last time out
• Won over 1m or further
• Preferably trained by Michael Stoute or Aidan O’Brien

When you’re happy with your selection, bear in mind that Dante winners have a terrific record in the Epsom Derby, so why not consider an ante post bet on the Derby too?

Bet365 are currently offering all new accounts up to £200 in free bets, so why not sign up and back your Dante selection? Good luck!