Gatsby Great enough in Dante
It was Dante day at York with all eyes on True Story for Godolphin and the kick start of their new association with Keiren Fallon as joint stable jockey. Things did not go to script for the camp though as a rough race meant third best for the pre race 6/1 Derby chance behind Arod and the winner for Kevin Ryan, The Grey Gatsby.
The pace was brisk, set by the free sweating Odean and the turn into the bend saw the packing field quickly on his heels. True Story had made a sweeping mid race move to be prominent on the inside and Bunker who had sat second for most of the race was also in contention. However on the far side from the stands rail The Grey Gatsby, with his striding white feet was also moving well and as the pace quickened and nudging into a lead he started to bring Ryan Moore right across the field towards the stands.
To his credit Ryan had his whip in the correct hand to counter his mounts insistence on coming over but it wasn’t a force that could be stopped and with a lead already on the field he had little choice but do his best and keep momentum. True Story was the most effected although it was arguable that he was held by the winner when they did cross.
Moore picked up a two day ban but the result was not amended giving The Grey Gatsby a surprise success for the Ryan stable and improving plenty on a 6l defeat in the 2000 Guineas. Ryan hasn’t entered his charge for the Espom Derby and suggested they will likely head to France for the French version.
With True Story disappointing, even allowing for the rough passage, bookmakers hardened Aidan O’Brien’s highly regarded Australia for the Derby into 10/11 fav for the showpiece on 7th June with Godolphin’s hope out to 16s.
Dean Ryan / Photo Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
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