Sky Bet Dash Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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If you are a fan of horse racing trends then this preview of the Sky Bet Dash will be perfect for you! Not only do we look at the trends but we look at past winners as well as trainer and jockey records for the Sky Bet Dash, a race run over 6f at York.

Sky Bet Dash Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Sky Bet Dash Preview

Scheduled to take place in July of each year at the York racecourse is the Sky Bet Dash, a competitive class two handicap that is contested over a six-furlong trip. The race is restricted to runners aged three or older and carries a £65k prize fund.

The race usually attracts a decent-sized field with the good money involved in the race and of late those at the top of the market have struggled which means finding the winner can result in a decent payout!

Sky Bet Dash Information:

Our dedicated York tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Sky Bet Dash but will also have predictions for each meeting at York throughout the season so be sure to head over there. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at York Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Sky Bet Dash market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2006 when the race had an over-round of 116%. The race in 2016 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 139%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Sky Bet Dash, the over-round has been 127%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £127 which is bet.

Sky Bet Dash Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Sky Bet Dash next time out then you would have backed a total of 6 winners. Backing all 20 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +27.83. Remember to bookmark the racing tips page to easily access the OLBG racing picks daily.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was Wyatt Earp, trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Royston Ffrench who set the fastest winning time in the Sky Bet Dash, the runner won the race in a time of 1:08.78 when winning the race in 2006. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer John Quinn and jockey Graham Gibbons with Zomerlust who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 1:14.65 in the 2007 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Sky Bet Dash over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Wyatt Earp (1:08.78) in 2006
  2. Muthmir (1:09.42) in 2014
  3. Kimberella (1:09.66) in 2016

Sky Bet Dash Past Winners

Here are the Sky Bet Dash past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The horse's trainer at the time of winning the Sky Bet Dash and the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
Aberama Gold (GB)
6yo 8-12 (12 of 15) 7/1
Mark Winn (3lbs)
David O'Meara (GB)
Gale Force Maya (GB)
6yo 9-12 (6 of 15) 9/2
Connor Beasley
Michael Dods (GB)
Venturous (IRE)
8yo 9-5 (12 of 14) 33/1
Connor Beasley
David Barron (GB)
Muscika (GB)
6yo 9-0 (14 of 12) 10/1
Daniel Tudhope
David O'Meara (GB)
Dakota Gold (GB)
5yo 9-2 (9 of 15) 10/1
Connor Beasley
Michael Dods (GB)
Flying Pursuit (GB)
5yo 8-13 (6 of 14) 9/1
Nathan Evans
Tim Easterby (GB)
Flying Pursuit (GB)
4yo 8-7 (1 of 15) 12/1
Rachel Richardson (3lbs)
Tim Easterby (GB)
Kimberella (GB)
6yo 9-8 (5 of 16) 9/2F
Franny Norton
David Nicholls (GB)
Tanzeel (IRE)
4yo 9-2 (4 of 20) 11/2F
James Doyle
Charles Hills (GB)
Muthmir (IRE)
4yo 8-13 (12 of 19) 4/1F
Graham Lee
William Haggas (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Sky Bet Dash have been based:

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 47 placings from 322 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 1 runner

Sky Bet Dash Trainer Statistics

There are multiple leading trainers in the Sky Bet Dash over the last 20 renewals with Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey, David O'Meara and Michael Dods having all won the race two times. Tim Easterby winners have been with Flying Pursuit (2017 & 2018). Richard Fahey's winners have been with Wyatt Earp (2006) and Knot In Wood (2009). David O'Meara winners have been with Muscika (2020) and Aberama Gold (2023). Michael Dods winners have been with Dakota Gold (2019) and Gale Force Maya (2022). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Sky Bet Dash, Kevin Ryan has sent a total of 19 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Sky Bet Dash trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Tim Easterby40-2-7-17.00-18.05
Richard Fahey35-2-7-18.00-14.36
David O'Meara22-2-6-3.00-0.86
Michael Dods7-2-4+9.50+9.94
David Barron11-1-2+23.00+13.63
Jim Goldie10-1-1-2.00-4.62
Michael Easterby5-1-1-1.00-2.12
K R Burke3-1-1+10.00+5.50
John Quinn3-1-1+6.00+3.00
Charles Hills2-1-1+4.50+2.44

Sky Bet Dash Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Sky Bet Dash over the last 20 renewals is Connor Beasley who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Dakota Gold (2019), Venturous (2021) and Gale Force Maya (2022). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Sky Bet Dash, David Allan has ridden 15 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Sky Bet Dash jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Connor Beasley4-3-3+46.50+28.69
Daniel Tudhope8-1-2+3.00+0.88
Franny Norton8-1-3-2.50-1.88
Barry McHugh5-1-1+5.00+1.63
Royston Ffrench3-1-1+4.00+1.75
Graham Lee3-1-1+2.00+0.50
Ryan Moore2-1-1+5.50+3.06
James Doyle2-1-1+4.50+2.44
Mark Winn1-1-1+7.00+4.38
David Allan15-0-3-15.00-10.87

Sky Bet Dash Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +10.00 is when runners ran on Good To Firm ground on debut. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 2 places in the past year, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-64.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 12 (3,15) [15 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 6 (9,15) [15 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 12 (8,4) [14 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 14 (5,6) [12 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 9 (4,13) [15 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Sky Bet Dash is Hamilton, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Hamilton last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are York and Newcastle, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 17 winners from a total of 299 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 3 winners from a total of 24 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Sky Bet Dash:

  • Kyllachy (2 Wins)
  • Pastoral Pursuits (2 Wins)
  • Piccolo (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Sky Bet Dash despite multiple attempts:

  • Pivotal (0 Wins from 15 runners)
  • Acclamation (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Bahamian Bounty (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Dutch Art (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Exceed And Excel (0 Wins from 7 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Venturous in 2021, winning for David Barron at odds of 33/1 under the guidance of Connor Beasley. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 6 winning favourites in the race. Remember to bookmark the best racing tipsters page so you can get easy access to the best OLBG racing tipsters.

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Sky Bet Dash Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for Flat Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for flat racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful flat racing blogs for OLBG.

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