Run at York racecourse, the Dante Stakes is a Group Two contest for 3 year-olds that is run over a trip of 1m2f.
Staged in the middle of May each season the middle-distance contest is seen as a key Epsom Derby Trial, with four of the last 16 Dante Stakes winners going onto land the fourth English Classic, with Golden Horn in 2015 being the most-recent horse to complete the Dante/Derby double – last year’s winner – Roaring Lion – went onto run third in the Epsom Derby.
Trainer John Gosden has won three of the last four runnings, while the Sir Michael Stoute camp have landed the race six times – anything they send to post, as well as leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has also won the race four times, should be respected.
We take a look back at past winners of the Dante Stakes, plus give you the key trends ahead of the 2019 renewal – this year run on Thursday 16th May
Recent Dante Stakes Winners
2018 – ROARING LION (3/1 fav)
2017 – PERMIAN (10/1)
2016 – WINGS OF DESIRE (9/1)
2015 – GOLDEN HORN (4/1)
2014 – THE GREY GATSBY (9/1)
2013 – LIBERTARIAN (33/1)
2012 – BONFIRE (3/1)
2011 – CARLTON HOUSE (11/4)
2010 – CAPE BLANCO (9/2)
2009 – BLACK BEAR ISLAND (12/1)
2008 – TARTAN BEARER (10/1)
2007 – AUTHORIZED (10/11 fav)
Dante Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 1m2f88y ITV
Key Trends and Stats
15/17 – Winners that went onto run in the Epsom Derby (4 won)
13/17 – Finished third or better last time out
11/17 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
11/17 – Had a previous race that season
10/17 – Won their previous race
9/17 – Went onto be placed in the Epsom Derby
4/17 – Went onto win the Epsom Derby
4/17 – Winning favourites
3/17 – Won by trainer Aidan O’Brien (won it 4 times in all)
3/17 – Won by trainer Sir Michael Stoute (won it 6 times in all)
3/17 – Won by jockey Ryan Moore
3/17 – Had won over 1m2f before
3/17 – Trained by John Gosden (3 of last 4 runnings)
2/17 – Ridden by Frankie Dettori
2/17 – Ridden by William Buick
1/17 – Had run at York before
0/17 – Winners from stall 2
Just 2 winning favourite in the last 12 runnings
Golden Horn (2015) was the last Dante winner to go onto win the Epsom Derby
The average winning SP in the last 11 years is 15/2
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