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Big guns confirmed for Nunthorpe

Sat, 18 August 2012

Bated Breath and Ortensia are among 30 confirmations for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York next Friday.

Roger Charlton's Bated Breath will go in search of an elusive first victory at Group One level on the Knavesmire, having gone close during the past couple of seasons.

Australian mare Ortensia was a brilliant winner of the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan and although she failed to discover her top form on her first couple of starts in Britain, a recent success at Glorious Goodwood suggested she is back to her best.

Seemingly the biggest threat to the established sprinters is the up-and-coming Pearl Secret. David Barron's pride and joy is unbeaten in four starts, having twice been victorious at York, and will be a popular Yorkshire-trained winner if he proves up to the rise in class.

Another major contender is the consistent Sole Power, who was a 100-1 winner of this race two years ago but has since proved that to be no fluke on many occasions.

July Cup winner Mayson is another to feature, having ploughed through the mud to win in tremendous fashion at Newmarket. Trainer Richard Fahey said: "He's in great order. We'll just keep an eye on the ground for York and work away from there."

Robin Bastiman predicts Borderlescott will be no forlorn hope when he bids to win the prestigious five-furlong prize for a third time. The 10-year-old won a rescheduled running at Newmarket in 2008 and followed up at his Yorkshire home the following year.

The trainer said: "He seems well so he definitely goes to York. I've been pleased with him and I think he needed the race at Goodwood (in the Stewards' Cup).

"He's a 10-year-old now and will be up against good horses like Bated Breath, but he's still all right and has got it in him there somewhere - I'm sure of it. It might not be in the Nunthorpe, but the owner wants to run him so he goes for it."