Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
| Group 1, York 15:35
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.
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.
"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
|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|