Battaash heads 16 contenders for Nunthorpe honours at York

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Sprinting superstar Battaash heads a field of 16 in Friday’s Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Charlie Hills’ four-year-old impressed with a comfortable victory when giving weight to all his rivals in the King George Stakes at Goodwood last time, but he did boil over at the start of last year’s Nunthorpe before finishing fourth.

Charlie Appleby’s Blue Point got the better of Battaash at Royal Ascot and returns to five furlongs having finished only seventh in the July Cup last time out.

Judicial steps up in class for Julie Camacho and becomes a first Group One runner for the yard having won his last two starts in good style.

Mabs Cross has run well at Haydock, Ascot and the Curragh since winning a Group Three for Michael Dods while Take Cover and Caspian Prince will ensure a lightning pace.

Aidan O’Brien runs four in Sioux Nation, Declarationofpeace, Washington DC and Battle Of Jericho while Muthmir, Mr Lupton and Alpha Delphini add further strength in depth.

The only two withdrawals at the five-day stage were Finsbury Square and Just Glamorous.

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