This looks like a particularly open renewal of the Nunthorpe. The fact that a thrice raced three-year-old tops the market at skinny odds is quite telling. On the positive side, this suggests there’s some nice value to be found.
Raasel is a massive price here and shouldn’t be available at double figures. Mick Appleby’s gelding has gone from strength to strength this season, improving with every run.
The sharp 5f at Goodwood caught him out last time and he got going too late, staying on strongly. York should suit him better and as long as he doesn’t find the early pace too strong, this tough and consistent competitor won’t be far away at the finish.
It’s a slight negative that James Doyle doesn’t take the ride as the pair get on so well but you couldn’t ask for a better substitute than Tom Marquand. (Liam Bramall)
Low to middle is probably the place to be here, and although she is a short favourite, I can’t get away from Royal Aclaim. The half-sister to 5f sprinter Terrier Spirit has certainly looked like a terrier in her first three career starts.
Not only did she beat a subsequent Group 1 winner on debut at Newcastle, she has gone on to win without coming off the bridle in two starts this season.
At Bath, she couldn’t have been more impressive on seasonal reappearance, and she wouldn’t need to improve much on her Listed win over this track and trip when last seen to win this Nunthorpe. The Platinum Queen is the obvious danger running off such a light weight. (Adrian Wall)
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