Hot Rekindling all set to fire up Derby dreams
Rekindling can edge closer to realising Derby dreams at Epsom on June 3 by winning the Betfred Dante Stakes at York today.
Joseph O'Brien never actually had a Dante winner during his spell in the saddle, so if Rekindling can see off the likes of Cracksman and Crystal Ocean, the relative newcomer to the training ranks will be getting his name on the roll of honour for the first time.
Rekindling must have a cracking chance of hitting the target judged on his return success in the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown last month.
He saw off Douglas Macarthur, Yucatan and Capri - all trained by his father Aidan O'Brien - winning in fine style as he kept on with real purpose over that 10-furlong trip.
Given that trio have since filled the frame in the Derrinstown Derby Trial, the form has a pleasing look and if you take away Rekindling's sole disappointing effort in three outings, he could well be a couple of points shorter in the betting.
Rekindling looks sure to improve for the step up to 12 furlongs at Epsom and with plenty of rain around, his win on soft ground at Gowran should stand him in good stead.
Queen's Trust is not certain to be suited by cut in the ground, but she could still be good enough in the Middleton Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute's runner made huge strides last term, progressing from an opening mark of 93 to end the year on a perch of 118 with a Breeders' Cup victory under her belt.
The four-year-old was beaten just a length and a quarter by Minding in the Nassau last year and was also placed in the Yorkshire Oaks and on Champions Day, proving she is certainly a performer out of the top drawer.
However, her best performance by far was when winning the Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita last autumn under a brilliant Frankie Dettori ride and while conditions are likely to be vastly different here, Queen's Trust can make her class tell.
CLONMEL: 5.30 Sylvi, 6.00 Ornua, 6.30 Stormey, 7.00 Charlie Brown, 7.35 War Of The Pennys, 8.10 Rockey Storm, 8.40 Perle Rose.
FONTWELL: 5.10 Frelia, 5.40 Gauvain, 6.10 Crack Of Thunder, 6.40 Curraigflemens, 7.15 Mon Parrain, 7.50 Saqil, 8.20 Letskeepit Simple.
NEWMARKET: 5.50 Iconic Sunset, 6.20 Zenon, 6.50 Hermann, 7.25 Jalela, 8.00 Tribute Act, 8.30 Ocean Air.
PERTH: 2.00 Enzani, 2.30 Baby Bach, 3.05 Onlyfoolsownhorses, 3.40 Dutch Canyon, 4.15 Raise A Spark, 4.45 Cooper's Friend, 5.20 Jet Master.
SALISBURY: 1.40 Headway, 2.10 Comprise, 2.45 Latest Quest, 3.20 Lupin, 3.55 Nurse Nightingale, 4.25 Vanity Queen, 4.55 Mezzotint, 5.25 Virile.
YORK: 2.20 Love On The Rocks, 2.55 Queen's Trust, 3.30 REKINDLING (NAP), 4.05 Thikriyaat, 4.35 Brian The Snail, 5.05 Masar, 5.35 Kajaki.
DOUBLE: Rekindling and Queen's Trust.