Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
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Group 1, York 15:35
£350,000 added,
2yo plus,
5f, Class 1   
Friday 24th August 2018

Trainer Charlie Appleby admits he's eagerly anticipating a rematch between his Royal Ascot winner Blue Point and Battaash in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York this month.

Blue Point got the better of Battaash in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over five furlongs although he was well beaten last month in the July Cup at Newmarket.

Battaash
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Battaash

Battaash, meanwhile, bounced back to form at Glorious Goodwood, winning the King George Stakes by four lengths and rubber-stamping his position as the world's fastest horse when he's on his game.

He's now 4/5 to win the Nunthorpe at York on 24th August although he'll have something to prove on the Knavesmire after getting too worked up before the race 12 months ago and failing to perform anywhere near his best.

Blue Point
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Blue Point

Blue Point is 4/1 to win the Nunthorpe and, having won the Gimcrack at York earlier in his career, Appleby expects he'll show his best back at the track and when dropped back to the minimum trip.

"We were pleased to see Battaash come out and win the way he did at Goodwood as it franks the Ascot form," Appleby said.

"Blue Point is in great form and we're looking forward to dropping back to five against him at York."

On his below par run in the July Cup, Appleby suggested: "William [Buick] just felt Blue Point wasn't as comfortable on the July course last time as he would be at Ascot.

"As we know, he always brings his A-game to Ascot but he's only run once at York and on that occasion he won the Gimcrack by three lengths, so I'm hoping he's going to be as good at York as he is at Ascot."

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

Form Horse Age Weight Trainer
121-606 Abel Handy (IRE) 41 3 9-9 D Carroll
11-2322 Alpha Delphini 41 7 9-11 B Smart
1141-12 Battaash (IRE) 66 4 9-11 C Hills
27-1016 Battle Of Jericho (USA) 33 3 9-9 A P O'Brien
41-2917 Blue Point (IRE) 41 4 9-11 C Appleby
660122 Caspian Prince (IRE) 33 9 9-11 M Appleby
823282 Could It Be Love (USA) 30 3 9-6 A P O'Brien
742102 Dali (USA) 43 3 9-9 A P O'Brien
131-004 Declarationofpeace (USA) 33 3 9-9 A P O'Brien
11/126 Dreamfield 41 4 9-11 J H M Gosden
067040 Duke Of Firenze 24 9 9-11 D C Griffiths
16-108 Equilateral 34 3 9-9 C Hills
527-414 Finsbury Square (IRE) 66 6 9-11 M Delcher Sanchez
2-32013 Fleet Review (USA) 41 3 9-9 A P O'Brien
17-2225 Gorane (IRE) 33 4 9-8 H de Bromhead
122-561 Havana Grey 33 3 9-9 K R Burke
1131-67 Heartache 63 3 9-6 C G Cox
02-2130 Hit The Bid 146 4 9-11 D Bunyan
26-2811 Judicial (IRE) 48 6 9-11 Miss J A Camacho
127-500 Just Glamorous (IRE) 24 5 9-11 R Harris
1-21433 Mabs Cross 33 4 9-8 M Dods
11-10 Main Desire (IRE) 63 3 9-6 M L W Bell
261871 Mr Lupton (IRE) 41 5 9-11 R A Fahey
3-45123 Muthmir (IRE) 41 8 9-11 W J Haggas
16-4105 Sioux Nation (USA) 41 3 9-9 A P O'Brien
211 Soldier's Call 62 2 8-1 Archie Watson
4-82886 Spirit of Valor (USA) 24 4 9-11 A P O'Brien
121747 Stone Of Destiny 41 3 9-9 A M Balding
111-735 Take Cover 41 11 9-11 D C Griffiths
0-45291 U S Navy Flag (USA) 41 3 9-9 A P O'Brien
8-43287 Washington Dc (IRE) 33 5 9-11 A P O'Brien