SECONDS out, Round 2 as Highfield Princess and Bradsell go head-to-head for another right old smash up at York on Friday.
The pair really should dominate the feature Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes live on ITV.
The Group 1 five-furlong dash is set to feature a field of 16, but on ratings Bradsell and Highfield Princess are much the best.
They met at Royal Ascot in the King’s Stand Stakes, and on that occasion Bradsell came out on top as he defeated John Quinn’s stable star by by a length.
Bradsell did well as he dropped back in trip that day for Archie Watson, but I still feel the defending champion can reverse the form here at a track she loves.
Highfield Princess is a credit to trainer Quinn and jockey Jason Hart and the crowd will go wild should she score.
The racing on ITV gets under way with a handicap over a mile and a half.
CAPITAL THEORY has been banging his head against the wall since scoring at Chelmsford a few runs ago and has been beaten off a mark of 88 on his last four starts.
That said, he’s been running well in defeat and stays this trip in style.
He’s dropped 2lb now to 86, his Chelmsford winning mark, and should have an eachway chance for Charlie Johnston, Dr Jim Walker and Andrea Atzeni who is riding out of his skin.
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Up in class for the Group 2 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup over an extended two miles.
Surely they won’t let Quickthorn get away again like at Goodwood?
I’m keeping the faith with COLTRANE, who was third at the Sussex venue in the Goodwood Cup and chased home Courage Mon Ami in the Ascot Gold Cup.
The Sagaro winner is a very solid performer and was second to Quickthorn in this last year.
He was rated 113 then and is now 117 suggesting improvement. Oisin Murphy is on top at usual.
Another Group 2 this time for juveniles in the Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack over six furlongs.
JOHANNES BRAHMS has not been seen since Royal Ascot when he chased home Big Evs in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
The son of Siyouni stayed on well that day suggesting this extra furlong will be ideal and he should go very close under Ryan Moore for Aidan O’Brien.
Finally a handicap over an extended mile and a quarter.
YOUNGEST was a bit of an eye-catcher at Glorious Goodwood when a few places behind re-opposing Rawayeh who was third to Choisya.
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The Roger Varian runner was never placed to challenge on that occasion but ran like a horse who would enjoy stepping up two furlongs in distance which happens today.
Hollie Doyle is on top riding at just 8st 4lb and they might well have a decent eachway chance.
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