This year’s renewal of the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes over York’s lightning quick five-furlongs is one of the best in recent memory. A total of 20 high-class runners will line-up on the Knavesmire with a view to claiming the lucrative £236,000 first-prize.
Favourite for the contest is recent July Cup winner Limato for veteran sprint trainer Henry Candy. The four-year-old gelding was exceptional in recording his first Group One victory at Newmarket’s July meeting last month, travelling sweetly before storming clear inside the final furlong to win by two-lengths. It was a performance that cemented Limato’s position as a legitimate Group One performer having proved unlucky amongst similar company in 2015.
Placed efforts in last season’s Haydock Sprint Cup and Prix De La Foret showcased the son of Tagula’s superb cruising speed and sharp turn-of-foot. As a two-year-old, Limato demolished all before him in his races, ending his campaign winning a competitive Listed at Redcar on the bridle. Now at the age of four, Limato looks to be maintaining his progression and is now set for a fresh challenge in dropping back to the minimum distance for Friday’s Nunthorpe Stakes.
At 3/1, Limato boasts a solid chance as favourite for the Group One sprint, but does he represent banker material? He faces a stellar field of 19 on Friday and on the basis of recent evidence, it’s difficult to be confident that Limato will win - especially at his current market price.