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Mattmu value in Duke Of York on first day of Dante meeting

| 11.05.2016

David Metcalf | May 10, 2016

Mattmu has a grand chance in Duke Of York Stakes

Mattmu has a good record at York and looks decent each-way value in a cracking renewal of the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes on the opening day of the prestigious Dante meeting at the Knavesmire (15.15).

The Tim Easterby trained colt was highly progressive as a juvenile when winning four times, and showed he could mix it at the highest level with some solid efforts last season.


After finishing a fine second to Glass Office on seasonal reappearance in a Group 2 over course and distance, Mattmu ran well on his next two starts before landing the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh in game fashion by a short-head from Toscanini.

The son of Indesatchel then posted a cracking effort when third of 19 to Mecca’s Angel in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes over 5f at this venue, showing plenty of pace to chase the leader in a race run at a blistering gallop before sticking to the task well to be beaten four lengths.

Mattmu had the likes of top class sprinters Sole Power and Goldream in behind, and the form reads very well in the context of this contest.

Pleasing comeback run at Newmarket

Although Mattmu then ran below par when well-beaten on his final start in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, he showed that running to be all wrong when a fine third to Magical Memory in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes on return to action at Newmarket last month.

Mattmu travelled as well as anything throughout the 6f contest until being unable to quicken near the finish to be beaten just 1/2 a length.

It was a most pleasing comeback run, and although Mattmu has work to do to turn around the form with the winner the return to this venue is a big plus.

He has won and been placed twice in three runs at the track, and another plus is that Mattmu is versatile is regards ground.

Magical Memory a major player

Magical Memory showed a nice turn of foot to land the Abernant under Frankie Dettori and looks sure to run a huge race.

Magical Memory

The Charlie Hills trained gelding was ultra-progressive last season in landing three hot handicaps in terrific style, including when beating Toofi by 3/4 of a length in the ultra-competitive 27-runner Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood to become the first three-year-old to win the race since 1997.

Magical Memory also ran well to finish a 3/4 length third to Twilight Son in a Group 1 at Haydock, and looks to have a good season ahead of him judged on his comeback success at Newmarket.

However, he has finished behind Twilight Son on the three occasions they have met.

Twilight Son a class act

Twilight Son has won five of his six starts, and ran a blinder in defeat when chasing home the brilliant Muhaarar in the Group 1 British Champion Stakes at Ascot when last seen in action.

The four-year-old has form in the book which sets the standard in this line-up, but has to shoulder a 5lb penalty for his Group 1 success and it will be no easy task giving weight to race fit rivals on his first run for over 200 days.


Coral’s top tip: Mattmu has a fine record at the track and looks worth an each-way wager in an excellent renewal of the Duke Of York Stakes following a promising reappearance run.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.