HORSE RACING FIXTURES AND RESULTS
HORSE RACING FEATURE
Ratings Update: Dante Festival and Lockinge Stakes
Adam Houghton highlights the major changes to the Timeform ratings after the Dante Festival at York and the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
The Dante Stakes is by far the most recognised of the British Derby trials and, while none of the 10-strong field stood out on form, the latest renewal was full of potential improvers and appeared to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. The winner Permian (up 6 lb to 117) was the most experienced horse in the line-up, but is still improving on this evidence and looks certain to be supplemented for the premier classic. He needs to take another step forward to figure there, but could have more to offer stepping back up in trip and does at least have proven form on the track.
Benbatl (up 3 lb to 115p) has come a long way in a relatively short space of time and made further progress to be beaten just three-quarters of a length. He remains with potential after just three starts and could also head to Epsom now, although he doesn't appear to be crying out for another step up in trip. Crystal Ocean (now 115p from 96P), on the other hand, shaped as if ready to go further in third and could prove to be the best of these moving forward. He is likely to miss Epsom, but looks sure to go on improving and will be of interest if attempting to emulate half-brother Hillstar in the King Edward at Royal Ascot.
Meanwhile, Shutter Speed (remains on 111p) made the most of a good opportunity in the Musidora Stakes on Wednesday, holding off the challenge of Vintage Folly (up 16 lb to 104p) with the minimum of fuss and overcoming concerns about the soft ground in doing so. She would be a major player if allowed to take her chance in the Oaks at Epsom, but her stamina for that test is open to debate, and connections also have the Cheshire Oaks winner Enable. Shutter Speed looks set to run in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly instead.