𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞-𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫-𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐣𝐮𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐍𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬
At York on Friday, a new sprint sensation from Europe might make his debut.
A three-year-old horse on the rise, Royal Aclaim, will be sent out as the favorite for the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes (1,000 meters) in just his fourth career appearance and without ever having faced Group competition.
Royal Aclaim, who won a Listed race at this track last time in impressive fashion by not taking off the bridle until well inside the final furlong and winning by a comfortable two lengths, is given weight by his elders as he makes his first foray into the elite level but appears to be a horse destined for the top.
In terms of Group One sprints, the Nunthorpe Stakes is unique because it is also accessible to two-year-olds.
In the past 40 years, only two young people—Lyric Fantasy in 1992 and Kingsgate Native in 2007—have triumphed, and The Platinum Queen is the most recent to try to follow in their footsteps.
The Richard Fahey-trained filly, who previously won by four lengths at the Glorious Goodwood Festival, receives 20 pounds or more than all the other competitors in the race.
The Platinum Queen and Royal Aclaim, the two runners with the lowest market prices, are the least experienced. Between them, they have only raced seven times. This gifted filly has pace to burn and shouldn't be overlooked due to her light weight.
While Group One winners Highfield Princess, Winter Power, and Emaraaty Ana are all available at double-figure odds and have every possibility of appearing in the finish, they are priced higher based on potential.
The lengths on the third day of York's Ebor Festival range from one extreme to the other as some of the top stayers in Britain and Ireland compete in the Group Two Lonsdale Cup little over an hour before the sprinters display their skills in the Nunthorpe (3,200m).
Stradivarius continues to run well despite best-laid intentions for his retirement, and after placing second in the most recent Goodwood Cup, he is set to start as the favorite in this race.
The main market competitor Trueshan, whose regular rider Hollie Doyle will be praying the weather in Britain continues to break because her steed needs soft conditions to perform at his best, finished ahead of him by a place that time.
The Group Two Dubai Gimcrack Stakes features some possible Classic candidates for the upcoming year (1,200m).
When winning the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last season, Royal Scotsman made a terrific first impression and set the bar high for the competition.
Noble Style, who represents the potent Godolphin operation, is unbeaten in his last two starts. While Marshman may be anything after winning his most recent start by eight and a half lengths, he is moving up in class and may not be up to this level.