Top Horse Racing Tips : Nunthorpe Stakes: Ante-Post
With York’s Ebor meeting just over a week away, it’s time to take an ante-post look at the highlight of the Friday of the meeting – the 5-furlong Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes.
The fastest sprinters in the country, as well as some foreign challengers, will be at York next week where they will compete for a prestigious race that takes around only 58 seconds to run. In the last decade the race has been won by one 2-year-old, two 3-year-olds, two 4-year-olds, one 5-year-old, one 6-year-old and three 7-year-olds, whilst there have been two dual champions in Borderlescott and Sole Power. Those horses’ two trainers, Robin Bastiman and Eddie Lynam, are the only trainers to have won it twice, whilst no jockey has won it more than once in the last 10 years.
Here’s our analysis of all the major protagonists:
Wesley Ward’s Royal Ascot 2-year-old winner absolutely destroyed her Queen Mary rivals there, and they looked a pretty decent bunch. She’ll get loads of weight from all her rivals as she bids to become the third 2-year-old in 36 runnings to win the race, but she’ll be difficult to beat.
Impressive Glorious Goodwood winner, but definitely had the best of the draw there. Will love chasing a strong pace, but doesn’t look to offer much in the way of value.
Sole Power 7/1
The dual champion bids for a hat-trick at the age of 8, and that’s older than 34 of the previous winners (the other was 9). Looked in great form at Meydan early in the season, but ran below expectations at Royal Ascot. Will also need a new jockey with Richard Hughes retiring. Jamie Spencer would be my choice.
Meccas Angel 10/1
Would be of great interest if the ground turned soft, and there’s a bit of rain forecast. Definitely promise of a Group 1 victory, despite only finishing 2nd to Stepper point in Ireland last time, and course should be ideal.
Won four times at Sandown, and this improving sort isn’t without a chance if taking to York’s flat track. However, usual jockey Paul Hanagan will probably choose to ride Muthmir.
Easton Angel 16/1
Another 2-year-old who would get all the allowances, but she was readily beaten by Acapulco at Royal Ascot. Also trained by Meccas Angel’s trainer, and may well take in the fillies 2-year-old race on the card.
Royal Ascot Kings Stand Stakes, but only finished runner-up 3 times at York, all in handicaps.
Move In Time 16/1
Last year’s Abbaye winner is trained by local boy David O’Meara, but is no wins from 5 runs at York.
Stepper Point 25/1
Last year’s runner-up came back to form at the Curragh last time out, but this year’s contest looks a tougher race on paper.
Tiggy Wiggy 25/1
Was super impressive winning last year’s Lowther Stakes over 6-furlongs, and she’s interesting back over this fast 5-furlongs after trying a variety of trips this year.
Acapulco will be very hard to beat if in the same form as at Royal Ascot but, with a bit of rain about, the most tempting ante-post wager has to be Meccas Angel.
Meccas Angel 1 point win @ 10/1 (Various)
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