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The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes

3.35pm York

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Winter Power Nunthorpe
  • Distance 5f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £350,000

History

This Group 1 sprint event may not have the most evocative of names – Nunthorpe is an area of York, to the north of the racecourse – but it has plenty going for it. For starters, it is one of a limited number of races in which two-year-olds can compete against their elders. It has also produced some dramatic races.

Take the 2010 running. It was won by ‘no-hoper’ Sole Power, at 100-1. To complete a good day for the bookmakers, the third horse home was Piccadilly Filly – also unfancied at 100-1. The previous two runnings went to the popular northern-trained sprinter, Bordlerlescott, star of Robin Bastiman’s small stable. Sole Power won it again in 2014, this time as favourite.

The race, over five furlongs (1,000 metres) and staged on the third day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, has another thing going for it. It is currently sponsored by the prestigious Coolmore Stud.

Current leading jockey: Frankie Dettori, 3 wins (1993, 1995, 1998)
Current leading trainer: Aidan O’Brien, 2 wins (1999, 2001)

Previous winners

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Battaash fights his way to second successive win in the Coolmore Nunthorpe

The Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes has belonged, in recent years, to the much-loved Battaash, however this years saw a change of the guard as Winter Power swept the classy opposition aside in a strong renewal.

A lot of the pre-race build up had focused on the international contingent. Wesley Ward’s Golden Pal as tipped to be a speed machine and the French-trainer Suesa had dethroned Battaash in Goodwood’s King George Qatar Stakes. A race result that ultimately led to his retirement.

Winter Power had crept into the race unnoticed. Clearly a fan of the track having won twice at York in 2021 already, the Tim Easterby-trained filly wasnt the obvious market choice.

Speed was what was promised, and speed was delivered. Frankie Dettori and Golden Pal bolted from the gates and were hitting lightning fractions, as Ward runners often do. The speedometer picking them up at nearly 45mph in the early stages and splitting the field up very early on.

However, Golden Pal couldn’t maintain that pace and the pressure began to tell approaching the final furlong.

Silvestre De Sousa had Winter Power up with the early pace without having to carve out the running. That would prove to be a masterstroke in riding as Winter Power forged clear in the final furlong do earn a home win for Yorkshire in the Friday feature.

Suesa was perhaps unlucky, having been outpaced by Golden Pals boggling fractions early doors she finished very strongly and was a never nearer fourth on the line. Dragon Symbol filled his customary place in a Group 1 with third and a big run from Emaaraty Anna in second.

Results

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The Course

The city of York and its racecourse have a long and colourful history, involving – among others - the Vikings, the Romans, Pope John Paul II, highwayman Dick Turpin, and the Princess Royal.

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  • Course Intro

There’s no official record of the Vikings racing horses at York – they apparently preferred sacking and pillaging – but the Romans certainly did, during the reign of Emperor Severus 2,000 years ago. Severus, indeed, breathed his final breath in ‘Eboracum’ – that’s Roman for York. So did Turpin. He was hanged at the Knavesmire racecourse site in 1739. Pope John Paul II enjoyed a friendlier reception, lauded by 200,000 pilgrims at an open-air mass in 1982, while Princess Anne also enjoyed huge support when winning the Queen Mother’s Cup on Insular in 1988.

The North Yorkshire track, voted Racecourse of the Year in 2003, continues to attract the crowds today, with around 350,000 flocking through the gates each year. York comes into its own during the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August, the meeting boasting such races as the Juddmonte International Stakes, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, and the totesport Ebor Handicap. Lester Piggott won the Ebor Handicap a record five times – the first in 1958 and the last 25 years later, in 1983.

Getting there

Tadcaster Rd York,
York
YO23 1EX

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