Are you ready for the Nunthorpe Stakes? A race where the horse goes so fast you can hold your breath without fear of turning blue.
That's got to be the definition of a sprinter's dream.
York is the venue for this thrilling five-furlong sprint (5f). We've seen some remarkable horses colts and fillies race to the line. Favourites and outsiders alike.Horse trainers big and small. But here's a question:
Which horse will win the 2019 Nunthorpe Stakes?
If you are reading this page, then chances are you have an opinion. a fancy, a dead cert. I certainly hope so because I love to hear readers' opinions. I'll be having a word with our very own Sprint King Eric Winner, who many of you may know is one of the best sprint analysts in the country. What makes him so different from the crowd. He has a secret: The Official Median times are FLAWED.
Believe it or not but he lets all the other folk use this inaccurate data while he has formulated his own rating system. I have never known a tipster to pick so many double-figure odds winners. In fact, he even tipped a 100/1 winner, that was amazing backed to 12/1. I guess they were using Eric's speed figures, too.
Anyway, I'm hoping Eric Winner can do us a favour (I don't mind tempting him with gold bullion) to write a post specifically for the Nunthorpe Stakes 2019. We want to have the best chance possible of picking the winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes and I'm going to do my very best to help you find it.
Sprinterstogo is very much dedicated to past winners of the Nunthorpe Stakes. All the great and good. We all have our favourite winners.
For me, it has to be Robin Bastiman with Borderlescott. To win back-to-back races in 2008 - 09 is a remarkable achievement.
I think there have been a few other horses to win in consecutive years:
Right Boy (1958-59)
Mecca's Angel (2015,16)
Do you remember which horse won three races on the trot?
Jeremy Tree's Sharpo (1980,81 & 82)
Probably the most prestigious winner of all is Major Dick Hern's Dayjur (1990)
Related story: Dayjur: The Horse Who Jumped Shadows
At present, there are 27 horses entered to race, with a maximum of 22 runners on the day.
At the time of writing (23rd July) we have joint-favourites with high-class performers Battaash, trained by Charlie Hills, and Ten Sovereigns, racing in the familiar silks of Smith, Magnier & Tabor for Aidan O'Brien.
It's intriguing to see we have a few two-year-old entrants with Royal Ascot Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) winner A'Ali, trained by Simon Crisford.
The last two-year-old winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes was back in 2007 when Kingsgate Native proved victorious for John Best, ridden by Jimmy Quinn.
One other two-year-old is entered to run in this greatest sprint race of them all. Andrew Balding's Symbolize who is priced 33/1.
Last year saw Alpha Delphini win for trainer Bryan Smart. The seven-year-old flashed home, just holding the late challenge of Mabs Cross.
We will have a post for this race on the day - so keep coming back for more updates.