The Nunthorpe: Who will triumph this year?
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 5:01pM 18 AUG 2016
As the York Ebor meeting moves into its third day, David Baxter examines three key questions surrounding the day’s racing
Nunthorpe for the ages? (3.40)
The highlight of Friday’s card truly is a race to savour, with so many major players from the sprinting ranks lining up. Lady Aurelia’s participation would have perhaps been the icing on the cake, but there is still plenty to enjoy.
Can July Cup hero Limato follow up? Will Mecca’s Angel defend her title, or will she even line up if the ground is too quick? Could Easton Angel defend the Dods stable honour instead? Could Profitable shine back at five furlongs? Or will Yalta emulate Kingsgate Native for the two-year-old generation?
All those questions and more will be answered in less than a minute of frenetic sprinting on the Knavesmire.
Will Paris be taking a longer trip? (3.05)
Last season’s Melbourne Cup fourth Trip To Paris is up for the Lonsdale Cup, and it is a race that could have a significant bearing on where Ed Dunlop’s stayer heads for the rest of the campaign.
The five-year-old has entries for the Irish St Leger, British Champions Long Distance Cup and the Caulfield Cup, while another trip to Flemington is “under consideration”, according to trainer Ed Dunlop.
Dunlop, trainer of Red Cadeaux, has been so close to winning Australia’s headline race on more than one occasion, and Trip To Paris could be making the long flight down under again if he sparkles in Friday’s Group 2.
Will we see a star of the future? (4.20)
The Convivial Maiden often throws up a useful performer or two, and with a first prize of £37,350 is also the richest race of its type of the season. Luca Cumani has won the race for the last two years, but has no runner this time so someone else can scoop the valuable pot.
If you fancy trying to narrow down the field, five of the six winners had a run under their belt, but none of them made the frame. White Lake won on debut in 2014, so perhaps it can go to a newcomer again.