I may be known for my stamina but the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes is all about speed at York on Friday.
But before we get to the big one, let’s rattle through the supporting cast.
The one I like in the opener is PROUD CHIEFTAIN (1.55), who stepped up to this trip at Ascot last time with a fine second to the re-opposing Semeen.
Clifford Lines – the man who looked after the mighty Shergar – was bullish that day and a mark of 92 is very workable for this horse. He has a good draw and a top jock booked in James Doyle.
All eyes will be on the Sir Michael Stoute-trained and Ryan Moore-ridden ESTIMATE in the Lonsdale Cup (2.30pm). He ran a shocker in the Goodwood Cup behind today’s rival Cavalryman after a fine second when trying to defend her Ascot Gold Cup crown.
I’m taking her to bounce back to form here. The Knavesmire is likely to suit her a lot more than Goodwood – where she has run below par before. She might also just have bounced last time after her huge Ascot effort.
Glory days …
Last season’s Group One Dewhurst runner-up Cable Bay reappears in the 7f City of York Stakes. If he’s ready to go at the first time of asking he looks the one to beat but I’ll take a chance each-way with Kevin Ryan’s GLORY AWAITS (3.05).
He chased home Dawn Approach in the 2000 Guineas in 2013 and is a good horse on his day. He wasn’t beaten that far behind Es Que Love at Goodwood last time. Stall seven looks the perfect draw if he wants to be close up and a first-time visor might just make the difference.
Power to the people ….
And finally to the big one – the Nunthorpe Stakes over 5f. If the ground stays on the fast side SOLE POWER (3.40pm) will take all the beating for Paddy’s family.
He actually won this in 2010 and regular readers of this column will know the ‘Power’ horses (Sole & Slade) has been terrific earners for us this campaign. With a BHA mark of 119 Sole Power really should take all the beating for trainer Eddie Lynam and champion Richard Hughes.
Enjoy it and let’s hope we Power into the weekend at Paddy’s expense with a winner or two. You hear me Paddy?