Golden Pal heads Nunthorpe field

Golden Pal heads 15 declarations for Friday’s Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Wes Ward’s American raider will be ridden by Frankie Dettori as he goes for gold on the Knavesmire after winning a Grade Three event at Saratoga on his first start in 2021.

His main rival on the betting is Suesa, who represents French trainer Francois Rohaut.

Suesa was impressive at Goodwood
Suesa was impressive at Goodwood (John Walton/PA)

The filly could finish only eighth on her first trip to Britain for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, but she bounced back to form with an impressive victory in the King George Stakes at Goodwood.

Suesa beat Dragon Symbol by three lengths that day and Archie Watson’s three-year-old will again be in opposition on the Knavesmire.

Arecibo (fourth), Liberty Beach (10th) and Ubettabelieveit (13th) will also take on Suesa again.

Last year’s second Que Amoro is one of two for Michael Dods along with Dakota Gold while 2020 third-placed runner Moss Gill will take his chance for Ed Bethell.

Winter Power is another leading contender for Tim Easterby, with Eve Johnson Houghton’s Chipotle the only juvenile challenger.

Emaraaty Ana, Bedford Flyer, Chil Chil and Rohaan complete the line up.

Stradivarius faces Trueshan in the Lonsdale Cup
Stradivarius faces Trueshan in the Lonsdale Cup (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Stradivarius faces an exciting showdown with Trueshan in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes.

John and Thady Gosden’s star stayer was last seen when only fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup, with testing conditions ruling him out of the Goodwood Cup, which was then claimed by the Alan King-trained Trueshan.

Trueshan will, however, only run if King feels the ground is suitable.

“I’ve declared him on good ground and if it stays good he’ll probably run, but if it gets quick at York I’d probably take him out,” he said.

“I know it looks unlikely, but he’s fit and ready to go and we’d look awfully stupid if we didn’t declare and they got rain. I don’t see any rain coming, but things can change so quickly and so I felt I had to. We’ll make a decision nearer the time.”

Spanish Mission, Stratum and The Grand Visir make up a five-strong field.

Berkshire Shadow won the Coventry at Ascot
Berkshire Shadow won the Coventry at Ascot (Steven Paston/PA)

Berkshire Shadow bids to bounce back from a surprise defeat at Goodwood in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes.

Andrew Balding’s charge won the Coventry at Royal Ascot but could not follow up in the Vintage Stakes, where Angel Bleu proved three-quarters of a length too good.

Richard Hannon skipped the Goodwood event with July Stakes hero Lusail due to unsuitable ground but features among 11 declarations.

Fearby, Vintage Clarets, Orazio and Eldrickjones are other key names.

Suesa and Golden Pal headline Nunthorpe confirmations

French speedster Suesa and American ace Golden Pal head 17 six-day confirmations for the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday.

The Wesley Ward-trained Golden Pal impressed when making all on his seasonal debut at Saratoga last month, while Francois Rohaut’s Suesa was a convincing winner of the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood.

Dragon Symbol, who was runner-up that day, has been left in by Archie Watson. Others in the mix include Tim Easterby’s dual course and distance winner Winter Power, David Evans’ Rohaan, and Robert Cowell’s Arecibo, who was second in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

There are also two juveniles in the list – Kevin Ryan’s Boonie and Eve Johnson Houghton’s Windsor Castle scorer Chipotle.

Legendary stayer Stradivarius headlines 12 possibles for the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup.

The seven-year-old took this Group Two prize in 2018 and 2019 and will be trying to get back on track after only finishing fourth in his attempt to win a fourth Gold Cup in a row at Royal Ascot.

Opposition could include Goodwood Cup winner Trueshan for Alan King, the Andrew Balding-trained Spanish Mission, Roger Varian’s Fujaira Prince and Tony Mullins’ Group One-winning mare Princess Zoe.

The six-year-old chased home Subjectivist in the Ascot Gold Cup and was in action on Friday when runner-up to Twilight Payment in the Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh.

Berkshire Shadow is among 14 remaining in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes.

Andrew Balding’s Coventry Stakes victor drops back to six furlongs after finishing second in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

Richard Hannon has three smart types in July Stakes scorer Lusail, Molecomb winner Armor and Richmond runner-up Gubbass.

Michael O’Callaghan’s Twilight Jet is the sole Irish acceptor.