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Emaraaty Ana on course for Ascot after rain scuppered prep run

Emaraaty Ana will head straight to Royal Ascot for the Platinum Jubilee Stakes following his late withdrawal from the 1895 Duke Of York Stakes at the Dante meeting last week.

The Group One-winning sprinter was looking to leave behind some disappointing efforts at Meydan in his Ascot tune-up on the Knavesmire, but unsuitable ground saw him pulled out of the six-furlong contest at the 11th hour by trainer Kevin Ryan.

Ironically it was soft ground that ruled Emaraaty Ana out of an intended outing at the 2021 Royal meeting and his trainer is hoping the six-year-old gets optimum conditions at the Berkshire track.

Dante Festival 2022 – Day Three – York Racecourse
Trainer Kevin Ryan saddled two winners during York’s Dante meeting (Tim Goode/PA)

“He’s fine, the ground was just not for him at York. It was soft ground, he was already weighed out, but when the lads came in from the race before they said it was riding on the soft side and he doesn’t go on soft ground. He goes straight to Ascot now,” explained Ryan.

The Yorkshire-based handler was on the scoresheet during the three-day meeting with the talented filly Fonteyn, who took home the spoils in the Michael Seely Memorial Fillies’ Stakes to shed her maiden tag.

The daughter of Farhh showed plenty of guts to hold off the highly-regarded Grande Dame at the finish and Ryan was pleased to see the three-year-old justify his decision to run in the Listed race having previously gone down by a neck at Newmarket during the Craven meeting.

He continued: “She’s a good filly and she almost won at Newmarket and there is no point going and winning a little maiden somewhere when this race was the natural step. This would have been the aim after Newmarket if she had won, so there was no point altering the plan.”

Ryan also suggested a step up in trip is in order for his Dante fourth Dark Moon Rising, who was not disgraced in the feature Group Two behind the Derby favourite Desert Crown, and the colt will also be on the Hambleton Lodge Ascot squad.

“He ran a great race and it looks like a step up in trip will be on the cards for him. He’ll go to Ascot,” said Ryan.

Ryan in no rush to map out Dark Moon Rising target

Kevin Ryan will keep options open for the promising Dark Moon Rising after his impressive Chelmsford success.

The colt began his season in the Woodford Reserve Cardinal Conditions Stakes on Wednesday evening, a one-mile contest worth over £50,000 to the winner.

The race was also a part of the Road To The Kentucky Derby series, an initiative where the field for the famous race is determined by a leader board system wherein horses collect points in selected events across Europe, Japan and America.

The 30 points on offer to the Chelmsford winner went the way of Ryan’s colt, who triumphed by a length and a quarter to defeat Andrew Balding’s Harrow.

An entry for the Dante at York has been made for the son of Night Of Thunder, but Ryan has no confirmed next steps in mind yet.

“He’s fine and he’s come out of the race really well, we haven’t decided where we’re going to go yet,” he said.

“He’s a very good horse, it was a good race and there was enough quality in there.

“We’ve always thought a lot of this horse, he’s one we’ve always held in very high regard.

“We’ve loads of options with him now, we’ll decide which to take nearer to the time.”

Dark Moon Rising powers to victory in Chelmsford feature

Dark Moon Rising stamped himself as a smart prospect for the year ahead with victory in the Woodford Reserve Cardinal Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford.

The Essex track’s £100,000 feature is part of the European Road To The Kentucky Derby series, and attracted a strong field of six – including Blue Trail, Harrow and Find, who were virtually inseparable in a similar event at Kempton earlier in the month.

But in the end none of the supposed big three had an answer to Kevin Ryan’s charge as he made light of an absence of 173 days to run out a ready winner under Kevin Stott from 2-1 favourite Harrow, whose late surge from the rear never looked like being enough, going down by a length and a quarter.

Stott said of the 6-1 winner, who runs in the colours of Pete and Angie Bailey and holds a Dante entry: “He did everything right and jumped well.

“He travelled smoothly, picked up when I asked him to and he hit the line good. He’s very exciting.

“Kevin’s horses are running well so fair play to him and the team at home.”