Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Friday's Nunthorpe Stakes at York, and pick out their 1-2-3...
"Showed plenty of speed on that occasion and is an intriguing runner now tackling 5f for the first time..."
Timeform on Ten Sovereigns
1. Battaash (Charles Hills/Jim Crowley)
Top-class performer who won Temple Stakes at Haydock (by two and a half lengths from Alpha Delphini) on return in May. Once again found the test too much in King's Stand at Royal Ascot next start, but quickly resumed winning ways in King George Stakes (third year in a row) at Goodwood (by three quarters of a length from Houtzen, kept up to work after quickening clear a furlong out) last time. Ought to be well suited by this sharp 5f, but has disappointed in this race last two years, and has to be treated with caution as a result despite being the one to beat on form.
2. Copper Knight (Tim Easterby/David Allan)
Regular at this course who recorded a fourth C&D win in listed event (by half a length from Dark Shot) in July. Not in same form when six and three quarter lengths seventh to Battaash in King George at Goodwood last time, and has plenty to find with the principals at this level.
3. El Astronaute (John Quinn/Jason Hart)
Won listed race at Cork and handicap at the Curragh (by length from Manshood) in June. Unable to quicken in the closing stages when five and a quarter lengths fifth to Battaash in King George Stakes at Goodwood last time, and another who is likely flying too high here.
4. Ornate (David Griffiths/Phil Denis)
Speedy sort who has won five times this season, including 'Dash' (Handicap) at Epsom (by a neck from Dark Short) in June. Having second run in two days when well beaten in Stewards' Cup won by Khaadem at Goodwood last time, doing too much too soon. Hard to fancy at this level.
5. Garrus (Charles Hills/Kieran Shoemark)
Workmanlike colt who won minor event at Nottingham in April and listed race over C&D (by short head from Shades of Blue) in May on final start for Jeremy Noseda. Hamstrung by being slowly away last twice, latest when four lengths third to Soffia in Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh. Needs to break on terms to have any chance here.
6. Rumble Inthejungle (Richard Spencer/Oisin Murphy)
Won minor event at Salisbury and Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood in 2018. Creditable four and a quarter lengths fourth to Battaash in King George Stakes at latter course last time, not knocked about. Working his way back to form, but still more needed for win purposes.
7. Soldier's Call (Archie Watson/Daniel Tudhope)
Won four times in 2018, notably Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster. Beaten quarter of a length in third in listed event over C&D won by Garrus on return in May, and ran to a similar level when third in King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot (two and three quarter lengths behind Blue Point) next start. Underperformed in Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh last time, but type to bounce back quickly and isn't without hope here.
8. Ten Sovereigns (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Lengthy colt who won all three starts in 2018, notably Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket (by half a length from Jash). Sent off favourite and ran well for long way before finding stamina stretched in 2000 Guineas on return in May, and only fourth in Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next start. Very strong in the betting and more than justified it when winning July Cup at Newmarket (by two and three quarter lengths from Advertise, ridden aggressively and well on top finish) last time. Showed plenty of speed on that occasion and is an intriguing runner now tackling 5f for the first time.
9. Intense Romance (Michael Dods/Ben Curtis)
Smart handicapper at best, who won at Haydock and listed races at Ayr and Ascot in 2018. Well below form in both starts this year, though, and yard have more pressing claims with Mabs Cross.
10. Mabs Cross (Michael Dods/Gerald Mosse)
Very smart mare who was beaten a nose by Alpha Delphini in this race 12 months ago before going one place better in Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp final start in 2018. Won Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (by neck from Equilateral) for second year running in May, but only third in Temple Stakes at Haydock, and two and three quarter lengths fourth to Blue Point in King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot since. Generally consistent sort who seems sure to make another bold bid.
11. Fairyland (Aidan O'Brien/Donnacha O'Brien)
Successful in four of five starts in 2018, including Lowther Stakes here and Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket (by neck from The Mackem Bullet), both at 6f. Has improved back sprinting last two starts, most recently when three and a half lengths third to Ten Sovereigns in July Cup at Newmarket, first home in group. Lacked acceleration over this trip in King's Stand Stakes which is a slight concern.
12. So Perfect (Aidan O'Brien/Wayne Lordan)
Strong filly who won Lacken Stakes at Naas (by two and a quarter lengths from Gustavus Weston) in May. Faced stiff task when three and a quarter lengths eighth to Advertise in Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last time, running about as well as could be expected, but doesn't appear to be crying out for a drop back to 5f, especially at this speed-orientated track.
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Timeform's Nunthorpe Stakes Analyst Verdict
A race to savour with young gun TEN SOVEREIGNS squaring up against established top-notch sprinter Battaash. Though explosive at his best, it's hard to erase memories of the latter's previous defeats in this race and Ten Sovereigns, who looked so good in the July Cup, is preferred. He showed enough speed at Newmarket to suggest that he'll cope with the drop to 5f. Mabs Cross is best of the rest.
Timeform's Nunthorpe Stakes 1-2-3
1. Ten Sovereigns
3. Mabs Cross