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The Paul Mulrennan Column: Que Amoro gave us all a thrill with Nunthorpe near-miss

By Paul Mulrennan
Fri 21 Aug 2020

The Racing TV ambassador tells us how it felt to make Battaash pull out all the stops in the Nunthorpe on Friday and looks forward to some of his upcoming rides.

I think I mentioned the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes as being a possible target for Que Amoro a couple of months ago and although she was a big price with the bookmakers, we always suspected she could be up to Group One level.

She had given me a great feeling when winning easily at Ayr and we always knew that she had lots of speed.

She's so quick that there was going to be another way to ride her than to jump out and let her go, but what a thrill it was to have her bowling along like that in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

Battaash is clearly an outstanding sprinter, but she made him work for it. Even when he got to us at the furlong-pole, she didn't lie down and I was so proud of her.

We've got to be thinking of races like the Flying Five or the Prix de l'Abbaye for her and the Breeders' Cup got a mention too. She hasn't had much racing and she has suddenly blossomed this year, as a result of Michael Dods and her owners giving her the time she needed.

I've been lucky enough to know how it feels to ride a fast sprinter or two and although I'm not making any comparisons, you can take it from me that Que Amoro is quick.

She's got fantastic owners in Anne Elliott and Peter and Linda Appleton, who have been long-time friends of the stable and of racing in our region generally, supporting the Elwick Stud run by late Geoff Turnbull.

DON'T RULE OUT EUCHEN GLEN

I'm back at York on Saturday to ride Euchen Glen in the Sky Bet Ebor. Jim Goldie knows just how to keep these horses sweet and he's been up and down tripwise so far this season, but he ran a big race in the John Smith's Cup and he absolutely stays this trip, even though it's more than three furlongs further.

I don't think you'd want to take it too literally, but being only seven lengths behind Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup last time doesn't look too bad in the formbook and I certainly wouldn't be surprised if he came out and ran a massive race.

It's been a funny week without any crowds at York, but I got over to Chester on Thursday evening and rode a double aboard Revich and Orvar. I think they've already got another race in mind for Revich back at the same track next week and he could well go in again - he won very nicely.

THE NAVIGATOR HEADING RIGHT WAY

Of the horses I am jocked up to ride next week, I'll pick out a couple I think might be worth keeping an eye on.

The Navigator goes back to Catterick on Tuesday having won there nicely for me earlier in the month. Dianne Sayer seems to have got him absolutely flying again.

At Musselburgh on Wednesday, I'm set to ride a two-year-old called Bulls Aye for Iain Jardine. He gave me a really nice feel first time out and Iain's youngsters invariably come on for the first runs. I'd be hopeful he'll take a step forward and run well.

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