Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
horse racing tipster
Group 1, York 15:35
£350,000 added,
2yo plus,
5f, Class 1   
Friday 23rd August 2019

Trainer Michael Dods and owner David Armstrong are not inclined to go for Friday’s six-furlong Group Three, and will wait instead for the Group One over the minimum trip.

Mabs Cross will therefore try to put the record straight after her agonising defeat by a nose to Alpha Delphini in the same race last year.

“I’ve discussed it with David Armstrong, and we’ve decided we didn’t really want to drop into a Group Three,” Dods told Racing TV.

“We’ll probably leave her now and go straight for the Nunthorpe.”

Mabs Cross finished an honourable fourth to the brilliant Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

Dods added: “I’d like to have her fresh and well, and I just think that bit of extra time means we will have her spot on.

“She’s come out of Ascot well, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Aidan O’Brien has nominated the Coolmore Nunthorpe as a potential next target for his July Cup hero Ten Sovereigns.

The No Nay Never colt looked another Ballydoyle superstar in the making after rounding off an unbeaten juvenile campaign with victory in the Middle Park Stakes.

However, he could only finish fifth when favourite for the 2000 Guineas on his seasonal reappearance – and then failed to live up to expectations again when fourth in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Despite the doubts, Ten Sovereigns was heavily backed for the Newmarket feature – and that support proved fully justified as he emphatically reversed the form with his Ascot conqueror Advertise to run out an impressive winner.

“We were delighted with him. We felt he had made very good progress since Ascot,” said O’Brien.

“We knew we had to step up from Ascot, but we felt that his work was very good and we were looking forward to seeing him run.”

While wary as yet about committing to future targets, O’Brien confirmed a first run over five furlongs in the Nunthorpe at York on August 23 is a serious possibility.

“I think the lads will decide that (where he goes next), but he would have the option of the Nunthorpe,” he added.

“We’ll see how he comes out of this race first.”

Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
(Group 1) (British Champions Series)
£350,000 added, 2yo plus, 5f, Class 1
27 entries

1 144-12 Battaash 5 9-11 Charles Hills
2 213021 Copper Knight 5 9-11 Tim Easterby
3 266911 El Astronaute 6 9-11 John Quinn
4-3427 Equilateral 4 9-11 Charles Hills
5 9-1171 Invincible Army 4 9-11 James Tate
6 515911 Ornate 6 9-11 David C Griffiths
7 150100 Soldier's Minute 4 9-11 Keith Dalgleish
8 1411 Far Above 3 9-9 James Tate
9 44-112 Garrus 48 CD 3 9-9 2 Charles Hills
10 21-413 Hello Youmzain 3 9-9 Kevin Ryan
11 193-97 Rumble Inthejungle 3 9-9 Richard Spencer
12 8-1406 Sergei Prokofiev 3 9-9 A P O'Brien
13 136-33 Soldier's Call 3 9-9 Archie Watson
14 11-541 Ten Sovereigns 3 9-9 A P O'Brien
15 220-75 Well Done Fox 3 9-9 Richard Hannon
16 111-66 Intense Romance 5 9-8 Michael Dods
17 21-134 Mabs Cross 5 9-8 Michael Dods
18 1119 Archer's Dream 3 9-6 James Fanshawe
19 1-81 Big Brothers Pride 3 9-6 F Rohaut
20 1-5653 Fairyland 3 9-6 A P O'Brien
21 17-512 Forever In Dreams 3 9-6 Aidan F Fogarty
22 66587 Gossamer Wings 3 9-6 A P O'Brien
23 20-479 Signora Cabello 3 9-6 John Quinn
24 3-3195 So Perfect 3 9-6 A P O'Brien
25 21 A'Ali 2 8-1 Simon Crisford
26 1341 Strive For Glory 2 8-1 Robert Cowell
27 14 Symbolize 2 8-1 Andrew Balding