Third Time Lucky For Battaash
Unlike the well known and famous highway man Dick Turpin, Battaash finally earned his redemption from the York crowd as at the third attempt he scorched up the famous Knavesmire sward to land the fastest Group One race in the country, the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes over the flying five furlong trip breaking his owner Hamdan Al Maktoum’s 1990 former winner Dayjur’s course record in the process.
In what looked a strong renewal on paper, the race was literally over at the 2f pole when Battaash breezed into the lead under Jim Crowley who released the hand brake and by then he easily put plenty of distance between him and the runner up Soldier’s Call with So Perfect behind him in third place.
Nobody could begrudge this horse his day in the sun finally, he is the best 5f horse in the country at the moment and looks set for a nice autumn campaign now with trainer Charlie Hills who himself deserves plaudits for brining the horse up on the day as opposed to the night before as in previous years to land the big pot.
A trip across to Ireland for the big 5f sprint at The Curragh on Champions Weekend is in the suggestion box along with the Abbaye at Longchamp and possibly a trip to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Big favourite for the race Ten Sovereigns was a few lenghts down in sixth but its highly likely the sharp 5f here didnt suit and should the ground be soft at Haydock for the Haydock Sprint Cup then he is highly likely to try and gain compensation in a fortnights time.
Banks A Million Stradivarius
As like last year Stradivarius pocketed his owner Bjorn Nielsen another £1,000,000 to his bank account when landing the Lonsdale Stakes over two miles and in the process getting his second victory in the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million following his wins this summer in the Yorkshire,Ascot and Goodwood Cups respectively.
Only four turned out for this years race and Frankie kept the odds on favourite behind the early pace before moving Stradivarius to the stands side rail then asking him to go and win swooping past Il Paradiso to a hearty reception from the York crowd.
We already know Stradivarius is one of the best stayers seen in this country for a long time and this just proves it, he looks likely to be given a little break now and probably wont go to Doncaster but instead be saved for his season swansong at Ascot on Champions Day instead before his winter holiday and a chance to do it all again next season.
Il Paradiso ran a fine race in defeat and could be one of many Aidan O’Brien runners in next months St Leger, he is an improving stayer and should be even better next season as a 4yo, he is one for the tracker for sure.
Gimcrack Glory For Threat
A nice pot of just over £100,000 and some lose change plus a free meal at the December Gimcrack Dinner was picked up by the Newmarket based Chevley Park Stud as the Richard Hannon trained Threat demolished what looked a good quality field in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes over 6f with relative ease.
Bringing top class 2yo form to the table with silver medals in the Coventry and Richmond Stakes this summer, Threat was fully entitled to win this which he did very nicely from Lord Of The Lodge back in second place.
Newmarket will beckon now in October you would imagine with the Middle Park a more likely next outing before connections will decide wether to go for next seasons 2000 Guineas or head down the sprit division in 2020, he is bred to stay the mile although you never can tell until the spring just what will lie instore for him next season.
Molatham Maiden Over
Finally the countries most valuable maiden, the Convival Maiden over 7 furlongs for 2yo proved to be a thrilling contest and was just won by the Roger Varian trained Molatham who just edged out Celtic Art in yet another pulsating finish on the Knavesmire.
Runner up on his first start behind exciting Thursday winner Mums Tipple at Ascot he showed plenty of guts under Jim Crowley to go one better and should prove to be a nice type next season, as for his next outing its possible a nice little novice somewhere could be sought after before a step up in grade but he looks a real battler in the making.
This race should throw up a few winners in time and is one to keep an eye on.
It’s easy to say that Yorkshire has had possibly the best week of sport it as ever held for obvious reasons and that the Ebor Festival remains the peoples flat festival and the crowds flocked to this famous expanse of turf to enjoy some of the finest racing on offer.
Next up in a couple of weeks the roadshow moves on to Haydock for the three day Sprint Cup Festival, till then goodbye