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)