Even watching from afar, the racing at York this week has been hugely enjoyable. Less so, my attempts to locate winners, though Thesme was undone by Wednesday’s rain and Hey Jonesy by the draw.
Still, no use crying over spilt milk, and on we must march into Day Three.
I’ll be disappointed if Battaash doesn’t win the Nunthorpe. It’s all been said about his Goodwood performance – a top notch Group One effort, albeit in a Group Two. The time, the form and the manner of execution combine to make him the one to beat.
He is in stall 9, three away from Take Cover’s pace in 6, which should enable him to take a lovely lead into the race.
Clearly, Lady Aurelia is a formidable opponent, but York’s 5 furlongs is a test of raw speed, and I’m pretty sure Battaash has her measure on that score.
My other selections are a little more out of left field. I’m taking a chance on an outsider in the first.
Speedo Boy is very lightly campaigned relative to most of these, and a step up to 12 furlongs combined with a little more cut in the ground should see him run a big race. He’s run three very creditable races of late, each time looking as though further would suit, particularly when checked for room at Newmarket last time.
Dal Harraild gets the vote in the Lonsdale. He was wildly impressive here earlier in the season before taking his chance in the Hardwicke, where he finished two spots behind today’s rival Dartmouth.
Simply, he ran too hard too early at Ascot, and was much better than his finishing position. This trip will suit much better, and he remains open to improvement.
The City of York looks devilishly tough. Whilst tempted by the unexposed Guineas fillies Daban and Talaayeb, I think this might go to one of David O’Meara’s hardy perennials.
I marginally prefer So Beloved – more convincing at 7fs – to stablemate Suedois. Both were a little unlucky in the Lennox at Goodwood, but the selection ran a blinder in this last year, which just tips the balance.
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