Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
| Group 1, York 15:35
5f, Class 1
1 Winter Power 9/1
2 Emaraaty Ana 40/1
3 Dragon Symbol 4/1
14 ran NR: Rohaan Distances: 1¼l, ½l, ¾l
Time: 56.72s (fast by 0.78s)
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Tim Easterby’s Winter Power won for the third time on the Knavesmire this season with a devastating performance over five furlongs, as she defeated strongly-fancied rivals from America and France.
US raider Golden Pal was quickly away for Frankie Dettori from stall one on the far side – but Winter Power was also up with the speed from her draw in six.
Golden Pal’s run petered out disappointingly before the final furlong, but Winter Power sustained her gallop for Silvestre de Sousa all the way to the line to win by a length and a quarter.
Emaraaty Ana was second, with Dragon Symbol half a length away in third.
Suesa, the 9-4 favourite for French trainer Francois Rohaut, was fourth, but Wesley Ward’s Golden Pal was only seventh.
Great Habton-based Easterby – whose family is synonymous with York – said: “As long as we went straight and didn’t mess about, she had a chance.
“We didn’t go anywhere else, we resisted going anywhere but she’s just brilliant, it doesn’t matter where she goes.
“It’s taken a long time to get to a race like this, you have to give them time and you have to be patient.
“With her, she’s just a superstar, you don’t train her and you don’t train her hard.
“When she came up there she was just on her toes a little bit and she needs to settle and not do too much.
“I’m so thrilled for the owners (King Power Racing), the investment that goes into these horses is incredible.”
He added: “We’ll just enjoy today, I’ve never been to Del Mar (Breeders’ Cup), we’ll keep her for this next year.
Kevin Ryan was thrilled with the run of Emaraaty Ana, another horse trained locally.
He said: “The Hamilton race gave him confidence. Passing the two-pole I knew they’d gone hard and it was a question of if they could keep it up as I knew he’d stay on strong.
“Fair do’s to the winner, she’s incredible. She probably hit a brick wall, but it was too close to the line for us.
“Ours is a very good horse. This fellow is as good as I’ve had. He’s probably a better six-furlong horse, we’ve run him over five to get him to relax but it leaves the rest of the season open.
“He’s probably a bit ground dependent and needs it quick, he’s in the Abbaye which might suit but he’s also in at Haydock and Champions Day which could come up as bogs so we’ll see.
“I’m delighted, I was confident he’d run a big one and he has. He’s only young, he’ll get better.”
But a despondent Ward said of Golden Pal: “Frankie said he was waiting for the turn.
“I made no secret of it that I was very confident coming into the race, but the winner ran a tremendous race and we’re disappointed.
“I think so highly of this colt of course I’m disappointed, it just wasn’t his day.
“I still think he’s a tremendous racehorse. We’ll see if any answers come up when we get him back and see what we find. We were just beaten.
“From everything I’ve seen of this colt, he’s just awesome so when he runs a race like today it’s a head scratcher. We’ll see what transpires, I haven’t lost faith in him.”
Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
(Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (6) Winter Power 3 9-6 Tim Easterby Silvestre De Sousa 9/1
2 (9) 1¼ Emaraaty Ana 5 9-11 Kevin Ryan Andrea Atzeni 40/1
3 (2) ½ Dragon Symbol 3 9-9 Archie Watson Oisin Murphy 4/1
4 (14) ¾ Suesa 3 9-6 F Rohaut William Buick 9/4F
5 (3) hd Chil Chil 5 9-8 Andrew Balding Ryan Moore 22/1
6 (5) ½ Liberty Beach 4 9-8 John Quinn Jason Hart 40/1
7 (1) 1¾ Golden Pal 3 9-9 Wesley A Ward Frankie Dettori 5/2
8 (15) ¾ Arecibo 6 9-11 Robert Cowell Jamie Spencer 33/1
9 (10) 1¼ Chipotle 2 8-1 Eve Johnson Houghton Hollie Doyle 18/1
10 (13) ¾ Dakota Gold 7 9-11 Michael Dods Connor Beasley 40/1
11 (12) 1 Moss Gill 5 9-11 Edward Bethell P J McDonald 28/1
12 (4) 4½ Bedford Flyer 3 9-9 Les Eyre Lewis Edmunds 50/1
13 (8) 1 Ubettabelieveit 3 9-9 Nigel Tinkler Rowan Scott 200/1
14 (11) 3 Que Amoro 5 9-8 Michael Dods Paul Mulrennan 50/1
NR 8 (7) Rohaan 3 9-9 David Evans NON RUNNER