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Friday, August 20 2021
Nunthorpe Stakes Group 1 Preview

Friday gives us The third and final Group 1 of the week at York is the Nunthorpe Stakes, the 1000m dash down the York straight open to everyone including the 2yo’s. One of just 2 Group 1 races in Europe run under these conditions. 15 entered for the race this year as we look to crown a new champion with the recent retirement of the 2 time defending champion Baattash, of the 15 there is just one 2yo taking up the challenge in the 2021 version of the Nunthorpe.

Key Stats and trends since the year 2000

•One 2yo has won (2007)

•The Nunthorpe has been very kind to the older sprinters, 11 of the last 20 winners being 5yo or older, including four 7yos and a 9yo.

•4 horses have won the race twice since 2000. Borderlescott,Sole Power, Mecca’s Angel and Battaash.

•only 6 Fillies/Mares have won during that time

•2 horses have won the Nunthorpe and also Sired the winner, Kyllachy (2002 winner, sire of Sole Power 2010 and 2014 winner) and Oasis Dream (2003 winner, sire of Jwala 2013 winner)

Nunthorpe Stakes

Group 1



5f/ 1000m

2yo and up

1.Arecibo(Invincible Spirit- Oceanique)

T.Robert Cowell

J.Jamie Spencer

Went a Career best 3 starts back when runner up in the Grp1 Kings Stand, has held his form since but is winless in 5 attempts at York.


2.Dakota Gold (Equiano - Joyeaux)

T. Michael Dods

J. Connor Beasley

Veteran 7yo with over 40 career starts. Having first try at Group 1 level, winner of 6 blacktype races. Loves it here at York with 5 wins from 8 starts.


3.Emaraaty Ana (Sharmardal - Spirit of Dubai )

T. Kevin Ryan

J. Andrea Atzeni

First win in nearly 2 years came in conditions race at Hamilton last start, did Win Group 2 Gimcrack Stake as a 2yo on this day in 2018 40/1

4.Moss Gill (No Nay Never- Sharaarah)

T. Edward Bethall

J.PJ McDonald

Another who loves it on this track having run top 3 in all 6 appearances including a third in this race 12 months ago, second to one of today’s rivals Winter power last start. 22/1

5.Bedford Flyer (Clodovil - Nafa)

T. Les Eyre

J. Lewis Edmunds

Course and Distance winner in May but has been running in Handicaps and has to lift plenty to complete with these. 33/1

6.Dragon Symbol (Cable Bay - Arcamist)

T. Archie Watson

J. Oisin Murphy

Leading 3yo sprinter who deserves a Group 1 after having Commonwealth Cup taken away by the stewards followed by a second in the July Cup. Drop back to 5f is favourable


7.Golden Pal (Uncle Mo - Ladyshipman)

T. Wesley Ward

J. Frankie Dettori

American raider who is lightening quick , Race Favourite and could prove to hard to catch. Trainer knows how to make a big impact with his runners on this side of the Atlantic. 11/4

8.Rohaan(Mayson - Vive les Rouges )

T.David Evans

J.Shane Kelly

Has been a revelation this season having jumped in the ratings from 73 to 115 thanks to 2 wins at Group level and a big handicap at Royal Ascot, has been found out at Grp 1 level in last two starts


9.Ubettabelievit (Kodiac - Ladylishandra)

T.Nigel Tinkler

J. Rowan Scott

Outsider of the field, won a group 2 over this trip last season as a 2yo.. 3 runs so far as a 3yo and only beaten one horse home


10.Chil Chil (Exceed And Excel- Tiana)

T. Andrew Balding

J. Ryan Moore

Mare with a good record, won a Group 3 on the All Weather two runs back and wasn’t disgraced when midfield in the July Cup latest. 25/1

11.Liberty Beach(Cable Bay- Flirtinaskirt)

T. John Quinn

J.Jason Hart

Filly who is a 5f specialist who has recorded 3 stakes wins over the trip including the Grp2 Temple stakes in May, has to be included here 25/1

12.Que Amoro (Es Que Love- Onomatomania)

T. Michael Dods

J. Paul Mulrennan

Runner up in this race last year but has really struggled to back that form up ever since 28/1

13.Seusa (Night Of Thunder - Sally is the boss)

T. F Rohuat

J. William Buick

French Filly who could not have been any more impressive with Group 2 win at Goodwood last time,only been beat once but has only ever run on rain affect ground. Fast track here is the big question


14.Winter Power (Bungle Inthejungle- Titian Saga)

T. Tim Easterby

J. Silvestre De Sousa

Very likeable 3yo filly who has scored 2 Listed victories this course and distance so far this year, and has been set for this race 11/2

15.Chipotle (Havana Gold- Lightsome)

T. Eve Johnson Houghton

J. Hollie Doyle

The only 2yo in the race, won 27 runner listed race at Royal Ascot and had excuses last 2 runs, gets the luxury lightweight advantage. 18/1

Selections 14,6,7,13

Posted by: Jason Smith AT 06:21 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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