The return of Stradivarius after a disappointing loss at Royal Ascot, although his finishing position was certainly impacted by the run he had through the race. 4th was not a fair reflection, he probably wouldn’t have won, but would certainly have been closer with a clear run.
Main danger Trueshan wants softer ground than this, which really limits his chances in this contest, while we have seen Stradivarius beat his other big challenger Spanish Moon on occasions in the past.
It is fair to say the seven year old is not the same force as he was a couple of years ago, but he won’t need to be to win this, and is our best bet on Friday’s card.
Gis A Sub has form in the book to get involved here in what looks to be a wide open Group Two contest.
He was sent to York for his debut and lost by a nose in that race, one that is working out well before getting a win under his belt in a strong conditions race at Pontefract.
Trainer Kevin Ryan send the horse to Goodwood after that, and although he finished 6th of seven, he was less than three lengths behind the winner in a bunched finish.
That all adds up to a good level and a solid bar, unless we see huge improvements made by some of the runners here, he has form in the book to get involved in the places.
A great Nunthorpe Stakes this year, with American raider Golden Pal and French runner Suesa leading the market.
These two have both shown impressive speed, but what separates them is the fact that Golden Pal has done it on faster ground, whereas Suesa has shown a liking for softer conditions.
Dragon Symbol and Winter Power are best of the UK contingent, but the foreign raiders look to be a class above here.
Frankie Dettori has been giving Golden Pal rave reviews on the gallops, his form looks excellent, he’s travelled and ran well here before and will go on the ground, so he is the selection in the feature for us.
* Horse racing betting odds correct at the time of article publication