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Battaash shows he can fight, as well as fly in the Coolmore Nunthorpe

21 Aug 2020

Charlie Hills' star sprinter had to dig deep to defend his crown from 2019

Battaash showed true Champion qualities as he battled both the elements and a worthy adversary in Que Amoro to successfully defend the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes title.

The sprinting sensation had blown everyone and everything away this season, and in truth was yet to be properly challenged on a racecourse in 2020. It was a different story today at a rain-soaked York as he was forced to engage in a battle down the Knavesmire.

It had looked to be going similarly to his two previous victories this season, with the Hamden Al Maktoum-owned sprinter cruising up to head the pace-setting Que Amoro with two furlongs left to run. It appeared as if that was that until Que Amoro began to dig in and it was clear she was not going down without a fight.

A battle then ensued in the final stages, and as admirably as Que Amoro fought, Battaash always seemed to find an answer. Holding that rival at bay as the line came, giving Jim Crowley an incredible four-timer on the day.