The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes is the feature race on Friday as punters are able to watch all the action from York through Ladbrokes and their live stream service, whereby each race is shown through Ladbrokes live streaming in high quality for customers.
The Nunthorpe Stakes is a Group 1 flat race open to thoroughbreds aged two years or older.
It is run at the Ebor Festival at York over a distance of five furlongs and takes place this Friday – day three of the prestigious meeting.
The event became part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series in 2011. The winner of the race now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
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The contest is one of a limited number of races in which two-year-old horses can compete against their elders. The first juvenile to win was High Treason in 1953 and the most recent was Kingsgate Native in 2007.
Khalid Abdullah’s high-class sprinter Bated Breath is the 4/1 favourite for this year’s race. But there is a wide-open field and there are plenty of contenders worth taking a look at.
Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said, however: “Bated Breath is in good form. I saw him earlier this week and he looked in great shape and Roger (Charlton) is very happy with him.”
Joint second favourite Pearl Secret is a 5/1 chance with most bookmakers and David Barron’s exciting sprinter has a real chance of claiming the prize at York this week.
The three-year-old is unbeaten in four career starts but will make the big leap from Listed class to Group 1 company on the Knavesmire.
The smart Australian sprinter Ortensia is also around the 5/1 mark and is reportedly at the very top of her game, as the countdown begins to the Nunthorpe Stakes.
After running a shade below expectations on her first two outings in Britain since winning the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan at the end of March, the powerful mare showed the UK racing public just what a good sprinter she really is when conditions are right with an authoritative success at Glorious Goodwood earlier this month.
Other notable contenders include 6/1 Sole Power and 9/1 chance Mayson but we believe Ortensia has enough to see off the competition and claim victory in what is sure to be another exciting sprint.