NAHAARR (4.50) suffered his first defeat in five starts at Newmarket last time but is a juicy price to resume winning ways in the Friday finale.
The William Haggas-trained colt wasn't best placed when the pace quickened three out, caught flat-footed until running on into third. Winner Qaysar ran better yesterday than his finishing position of sixth might suggest behind What's The Story as he was shuffled back from stall one and had too much ground to make up on a day that suited horses racing up with the pace (strong tailwind down the straight).
CORELLI (1.55) was dropped to a more suitable 1m 4f trip at Newmarket last month, failing by a short head to hold off Kelly’s Dino, and he looks sure to go well in the opening Sky Bet Handicap. John Gosden’s decision to run him over 2m 5f at Royal Ascot seemed a bit unusual and Corelli never showed, but he bounced back at HQ. Hot favourite Outbox was two lengths adrift in third, so the form is rock solid.
FOX DUTY FREE (4.25) ran a race full of promise on debut at Newbury and is disputing favouritism at quite a nice price in the Convivial Stakes. Andrew Balding's colt was knocked sideways at the start but made up a lot of ground late. Winner Owney Madden landed a 20-runner nursery here on Wednesday and Fox Duty Free is expected to step up on that initial outing.
THREAT (3.00) has a few pounds in hand of his 13 rivals on official figures in the Gimcrack Stakes. Richard Hannon’s colt made an eye-catching winning debut at Newmarket in May before going on to run with great credit in the top two midsummer juveniles races. Threat was just outbattled by Golden Horde in the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on his latest start, having come off second-best to Arizona in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He meets nothing of that calibre here.
TEN SOVEREIGNS (3.35) ran the legs off speedy Advertise in the July Cup at Newmarket and will taking some beating if turning up in the same mood in the Nunthorpe Stakes. This is a mouth-watering clash, with Battaash attempting to put behind him two previous York lapses. I’m not sure the draw has done him any favours out in stall one. Mabs Cross is probably the ew angle but Ten Sovereigns is quite a confident pick.