Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
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Group 1, York 15:35
£500,000 guaranteed,
2yo plus,
5f, Class 1   
Friday 19th August 2022

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David Loughnane's Walbank, the speedy son of Kodiac, placed at Group level for the second time in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood on July 27.

His last two runs have been in esteemed company, firstly finishing second when sent off the 7-4 favourite for the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, before again making the podium on the Sussex Downs during the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

However, it is Walbank’s performance on the Knavesmire earlier in the season that is most exciting connections, and despite the 525,000 guineas buy having a host of options, is tempting them towards a tilt at the five-furlong Group One which is the feature attraction on day three of the Ebor Festival.

Following a potential trip to York, all roads lead to Keeneland at the end of the season, with the Breeders’ Cup highlighted as Walbank’s ultimate autumn target.

“He’s had four runs and he has been second, first, second and third, so he’s been rock solid,” said Loughnane.

“He’s got a lot of entries, he’s got an entry in the Gimcrack, but the Nunthorpe is still very much on the cards for us. He ran a very good time under a very easy ride at York, so the Nunthorpe is certainly on the agenda.

“He’s got an entry in the Mill Reef also and the long-term target would be to head to the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year.

“Walbank ran very well (at Goodwood), he was probably just on the wrong part of the track and he was just a tad slow away this time when usually he’s out and he travels a bit better.

“It was a good run and he wasn’t beaten far having been out in the middle of the track a little bit on his own, so I think the performance deserves to be upgraded.”

Free Racing Tips

Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
(Group 1) (British Champions Series)
£500,000 guaranteed, 2yo plus, 5f, Class 1
35 entries
Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 -27437 Acklam Express 4 9-13 Nigel Tinkler
2 4407-4 Ainsdale 5 9-13 Julie Camacho
3 246156 Clarendon House 4 9-13 Robert Cowell
4 0-7201 Dragon Symbol 4 9-13 Roger Varian
5 4-0006 Emaraaty Ana 6 9-13 Kevin Ryan
6 4-5638 Equilateral 7 9-13 Charles Hills
7 235210 Fine Wine 5 9-13 Scott Dixon
8 8-3811 Khaadem 6 9-13 Charles Hills
9 7-2194 Lazuli 5 9-13 Charlie Appleby
10 512112 Raasel 5 9-13 Michael Appleby
11 6-1522 Twilight Calls 4 9-13 Henry Candy
12 84-424 Bond Chairman 3 9-11 Bryan Smart
13 9-1402 Boonie 3 9-11 Kevin Ryan
14 -25383 Caturra 3 9-11 Clive Cox
15 8-5471 Ebro River 3 9-11 Hugo Palmer
16 -61229 Flaming Rib 3 9-11 Hugo Palmer
17 2-1129 New York City 3 9-11 A P O'Brien
18 1300-8 Project Dante 3 9-11 Bryan Smart
19 352116 Highfield Princess 5 9-10 John Quinn
20 310-10 Romantic Proposal 6 9-10 Edward Lynam
21 45-032 Suesa 4 9-10 F Rohaut
22 08-806 Winter Power 4 9-10 Tim Easterby
23 2-4231 Flotus 3 9-8 Simon & Ed Crisford
24 1-11 Royal Aclaim 3 9-8 James Tate
25 145300 Saliteh 3 9-8 Adrian Murray
26 123314 Eddie's Boy 2 8-3 Archie Watson
27 6 Jamie Bond 2 8-3 Bryan Smart
28 2111 Little Big Bear 2 8-3 A P O'Brien
29 8 Never Just A Dream 2 8-3 Ismail Mohammed
30 1121 Persian Force 2 8-3 Richard Hannon
31 9 Qaiser 2 8-3 Ismail Mohammed
32 117321 The Antarctic 2 8-3 A P O'Brien
33 2123 Walbank 2 8-3 David Loughnane
34 11 Dramatised 2 8-0 K R Burke
35 126 Maylandsea 2 8-0 Michael Bell