Winter Power lands Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes

August 22, 2021

Winter Power (9/1) won the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York, England, giving her breeder Patrick Burns of Newlands House Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, a first European Group 1 success.

The Goffs’ Orby graduate was also a first top level winner for her sire Bungle Inthejungle, who stands at Maurice Burns’ Rathasker Stud, in Naas, County Kildare.
Trained in England by Tim Easterby for King Power Racing, the filly was winning on the Knavesamire for the third time this season, defeating Emaraaty Anna (40/1) and Dragon Symbol (4/1) in the five furlong contest.

Wesley Ward’s high profile US raider Golden Pal was quickly away from gate one under Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, while the eventual winner, Winter Power, was also prominent towards the speed in the opening furlongs of the race.

Winter Power, under Silvestre de Souza, took up the lead at the half way stage of the race. Ward’s charge soon faded disappointingly before the one furlong marker, eventually finishing back in seventh place.

Tim Easterby’s filly maintained her gallop all the way to the wire and had a length and a quarter to spare over runner-up Emaraaty Anna at the finishing line.

The Kevin Ryan-trained five year old son of Shamardal, had a further length in hand on Archie Watson’s Dragon Symbol in third spot.

18th career win for Stradivarius

Crowd favourite Stradivarius (4/6f) became the first horse to win the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup three times as the John and Thady Gosden-handled gelding narrowly edged out Spanish Mission.

The Frankie Dettori-ridden son of Sea The Stars, who didn’t live up to expectations in The Gold Cup at Ascot in June, settled in second position, a few lengths off the leader The Grand Visir in the small four-horse field. 

Through The Grand Visir at one stage held around a ten-length advantage over the other trio, seven-year-old Stradivarius began his challenge in the home stretch. 

Spanish Mission with jockey William Buick challenged the eventual winner on his right hand side, as the pair battled neck and neck to the line. The son of Noble Mission clearly headed Stradivarius in the dying strides before the former Ascot Gold Cup winner got his head in front when it mattered most, to record his 18th career victory, while The Grand Visir eventually finished seven lengths back in third. 

The winner of four Goodwood Cups, three Ascot Gold Cups, three Lonsdale Cup, three Yorkshire Cups and a Doncaster Cup will next be aimed at either another Doncaster Cup or the staying race on British Champions’ Day at Ascot in October.

Lusail impresses in Gimcrack Stakes

Lusail defied a 3lb penalty for his July Stakes win to take the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes in convincing fashion at York.

The Richard Hannon-conditioned colt, ridden by Irish jockey Pat Dobbs, was recording his second success at Group 2 level as the 7/2 shot came from well off the pace to salute the judge.

Lusail came through to score by a length and a quarter from Gis A Sub, with Irish raider Twilight Jet three-quarters of a length away in third.

His trainer Richard Hannon admitted post-race that he believes Lusail is a possible QIPCO 2000 Guineas horse for 2022.

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