Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Friday's Nunthorpe Stakes and pick out their 1-2-3.
"...clear on ratings and hard to oppose..."
Timeform on Battaash
1. Battaash (Charlie Hills/ Jim Crowley)
Top-class sprinter who lowered Dayjur's long-standing course record when winning this last season. Has easily won both starts this season, landing the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot before taking the King George Stakes at Goodwood for the fourth time, breaking the track record under conditions tailor-made for an outstanding sprinter to do so. Clear on ratings and hard to oppose.
2. Emaraaty Ana (Kevin Ryan/ Andrea Atzeni)
Useful performer who won the Gimcrack Stakes over six furlongs here as a two-year-old but has failed to hit the same heights since. Arrives on the back of a creditable third in a six-furlong listed race at Chester but that form is well short of what will be required here. Wears cheekpieces for the first time.
3. Moss Gill (James Bethell/ Danny Tudhope)
Progressed well last season and has continued on the up this term, winning two of his three starts, including a listed race over course and distance last month. Takes a jump in class here but he's a likeable type with an excellent course record - two wins and two seconds from four starts - so should give a good account, for all he is likely to come up short.
4. Ornate (David Griffiths/ Oisin Murphy)
Speedy sort who enjoyed a productive campaign last season, winning on five occasions, including in the Dash at Epsom. Bounced right back to his best after a couple of below-par efforts when two and three-quarter lengths third to Battaash in the King George Stakes at Goodwood last time. Hard to see him faring any better than that here.
5. A'Ali (Simon & Ed Crisford/ William Buick)
Won three Group 2s as a juvenile, namely the Norfolk Stakes, Prix Robert Papin and Flying Childers, and has shown improved form this term to add the Coral Charge and Sapphire Stakes to his tally. Produced a very smart performance to win the Sapphire last time, deserving extra credit after being one of only two to race away from the main pack. Has earned a shot at this level but needs to take it up another notch.
6. Art Power (Tim Easterby/ Silvestre de Sousa)
Created a fine impression when shedding his maiden tag over this course and distance last season and has shown run-by-run progress this year, winning all three starts and in the style of a horse capable of cutting it at the highest level. He won a minor event on his return at Newcastle before making a mockery of a mark of 97 in the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap at Royal Ascot. Raised his game further when producing a high-class performance in a Group 3 at Naas and he has not shown everything he has to offer. The main danger to Battaash.
7. Kurious (Henry Candy/ Harry Bentley)
Smart performer who won a listed race and Group 3 at Sandown on her final two starts in 2019 but was well held behind Battaash on her reappearance in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Doesn't look up to Group 1 level.
8. Que Amoro (Michael Dods/ Paul Mulrennan)
Speedy filly who progressed well in the second half of 2019, winning a couple of handicaps at this course last season, and she showed smart form to land a listed race on her reappearance at Ayr in June. Ran just as well in defeat when a close-up third behind Moss Gill in a listed race over course and distance last time, but has a fair bit to find at this level.
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Timeform's Nunthorpe Stakes Analyst Verdict
The outstanding BATTAASH has looked as good as ever when winning at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood this year and can't be opposed, although it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if the rapidly improving Art Power was capable of giving him something to think about. Four-time Group 2 winner A'Ali looks clear best of the rest.
2. Art Power