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Wednesday's racing tips - Quotes from connections ahead of day one at York

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We bring you the latest quotes from the connections of the big players in the headlines races on day one of York's Dante meeting on Wednesday 16th May.

 Day one of York's popular Dante meeting features two stand-out Graded races. Some of the finest six-furlong sprinters will take to the Knavesmire turf to battle it out in the Duke Of York, before several potential Oaks contenders try to enforce their Epsom aspirations in the Musidora Stakes.

We bring you the latest quotes from the connections, as their stars prepare to appear on day one of the Dante meeting.

Duke Of York Stakes


Clive Cox talks to the Racing Post - Harry Angel Paddy Power
"He is a once-in-a-lifetime horse. He makes the heart race every occasion you see him on the racetrack."

"It’s a dream to have a top-flight horse. Last year he was the highest-rated six-furlong horse in the world. That’s an amazing accolade and I’m very proud to be in charge of him."

"We had a tricky spring and I think it’s fair to say this is a starting point. So I’d be pleased when he has got his first run under his belt. But he is in good nick and the yard is going well at the moment."

“He has done very well over the winter. He is turning up with a penalty because of his Group 1 success last year but I'm very happy with him."

Kevin Ryan speaks to the York Press - Brando (7/2 Ladbrokes)
"Brando is in great form. We were very pleased with his return at Newmarket. It was a great start to the season and hopefully he can go on."

"He has been training well and we are very happy with him."

Mick Easterby speaks via his blog - Perfect Pasture (28/1 Paddy Power)
"The son of Pastoral Pursuits has been in excellent form and takes on some of the country's top sprinters on the Knavesmire. Phillip Makin takes the ride."

"He's eight now, but obviously still getting better - he's a very strong horse now but he doesn't do a tap at home so we didn't know how fit he was.

"He saved my season last year, he won £50,000 in the last few weeks."

Musidora Stakes


John Gosden speaks to Sky Sports - Highgarden (5/2 Coral)
"hink she strikes me as a Musidora and Ribblesdale type, but we will see after the Musidora."

"That was a very nice race at Sandown. She got a little caught for toe, but then stayed on and was suddenly running on again at the end. She is a Nathaniel and wants a mile and a half now."

William Haggas talks to SportingLife - Give And Take (4/1 William Hill)
"She finished in front of John Gosden's filly last time and that one is clearly highly-rated,"

"Our filly ran a very good race at Sandown. Whether she needs that (soft) ground I don't know, but she handles it well. It will be lovely ground at York, no excuses on that front."

"She's a very genuine filly who tries like hell. I think she'll run her race, whether that is good enough we'll see. She has lots of stamina on the dam's side but she shows a bit of speed at home."

"I've left her in the Oaks but I'm not convinced she's going to be better over a mile and a half. If everything went well tomorrow, we'd have to have a go."

Ralph Beckett speaks to Sky Sports - Ceilidhs Dream (10/3 Coral)
 "It is a step up in class for her, but I was very pleased with her win at Newmarket last time. She has been working well at home and hopefully this will prove a good indicator for some later season targets.

"She's not in the Oaks and she's not really bred to go beyond a mile and a quarter, we'll see how that goes. I'm glad we've declared and it would be nice to think she is good enough (to consider supplementing for Epsom)."

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