Luke Morris thinks Limato is the one that jumps out for Nunthorpe Stakes
FRIDAY is another fantastic day of racing at York and the Nunthorpe and Lonsdale Cup are two races I’ll be keeping a close eye on for different reasons.
In the Lonsdale Cup my boss Sir Mark Prescott runs Pallasator and he seems in good order, while Prince Of Lir is a horse I have a soft spot for in the Nunthorpe.
I’ll be riding at Sandown and the one I’m looking forward to most is Palisade (5.15). He won well the last day at Newcastle and he’s a good ride to have. He’ll have to step forward again to beat Kummiya, but he’s still improving and has a big chance.
1.55 York – Barsanti
He has to carry top weight but that’s because he’s the best horse in the race and looks the class act of the race as well. He’s well drawn in stall two and I think he’ll take all the beating. There had been some concerns about the wellbeing of trainer Roger Varian’s horses, but after Postponed won that gives you a bit more confidence about them.
2.30 York – Trip To Paris
Pallasator has been in good form for my boss Sir Mark Prescott so far this season, and seems to be in good form still after a few hard races. However, the one I like in this is Trip To Paris. I thought it was an encouraging first run back after a layoff over too short a trip last time and he should be spot on for this race.
3.05 York – Nemoralia
Nemoralia and Forge look the two improving horses in this race and the ones to focus on. Forge is held in high regard and has shown a good level of form so far. But Nemoralia is effectively a Group 1 filly running in this Group 3 and gets some good weight allowances as well. It’s her race to lose.
Prince Of Lir is obviously a horse I’m interesting in as he gave me my first Royal Ascot win in the Norfolk Stakes. He’ll need rain to run and show his best but he’s got plenty of speed if he does go. Of the others, Limato is the one that jumps out. I don’t think the drop back to five furlongs will be a problem as he has a lot of natural pace and class.
4.55 York – Bobby Wheeler
Dream Mover is a horse I’ve ridden before and I think has talent, but he’s got a bad draw in stall 18 which is going to make life really hard. Bobby Wheeler ran really well in a competitive handicap at Goodwood last time and he looks one that has more to offer.