The Nunthorpe Stakes is the Group 1 highlight of the third day of the 2020 Yorkshire Ebor Festival. It takes place over a flying 5-furlongs on the Knavesmire and last year’s Champion Battaash will be looking to repel seven currently inferior rivals.
Big-priced winners have been commonplace in the Nunthorpe this century but most of this year’s runners will probably need Battaash to have an off day to lift the prize. But that’s not impossible, as he fluffed his lines in both 2017 and 2018 before claiming the 2019 edition.
Ornate was only beaten just over 2-lengths by Battaash at Goodwood but is worse of at the weights and has yet to place in five previous runs at York. Emaraaty Ana has won her only course start but the return to York needs to bring about plenty of improvement to a horse that was beaten in Listed company last time.
The filly Que Amoro was also beaten in a Listed race last time, and the horse that beat her was the re-opposing Moss Gill. However. He was beaten in Group 3 prior to that. Kurios won a Group 3 last season but has 8 lengths to find with Battaash from Royal Ascot.
Art Power also won a Group 3 last time and that extended his winning sequence to four. He also started that run with a win at York and he won’t mind any rain that falls. But the form of his Group 3 win has a mixed look to it, with the runner-up winning one Group 3 since but beaten heavily in another.
A win for Battaash is going to come as no shock and there will be plenty of punters queueing up to pile wheelbarrows of cash on at around 1/2 (1.5). But he has been beaten six times in his last 17 races since reverting to sprinting and his record of 1 from 3 at York suggests he’s beatable here, especially if the rain falls. Art Power also likes to race up with the pace and there’s a chance they could light each other up.
That’s why A’Ali is our each-way tip for the Nunthorpe Stakes. There’s lots to like about the way he’s been held up in his last two races before finishing with a rare turn-of-foot. He should relish a quickly run race and should at least land some place cash, providing all 8 runners go to post.
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