Frankie Dettori described both Lady Aurelia and Enable as fillies with the “wow” factor based on their impressive seasons to date and he is looking forward to partnering them in big races at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

The ebullient Italian was speaking to Racing UK after riding a piece of work on Lady Aurelia on the home straight of the Knavesmire and said “it felt like we were going a million miles an hour, she hasn’t lost her speed”.

With the filly having travelled from her base in Kentucky, Frankie continued, “American horses tend to like flat tracks, so York will suit her”.

The fastest race of the week, the Coolmore Nunthorpe on Friday is the target for Lady Aurelia where she is set to clash with Battaash, the impressive winner of the King George Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Frankie described himself as “very impressed” with his Charlie Hills trained opponent and noted that his filly will “have to be at her very best” to land the biggest share of the £350,000 prize money.

Reflecting on dual Classic and King George winner, Enable, Frankie observed “you gotta say “wow”, I know how good she is, so you’re just hoping that she turns up”. Trained by John Gosden, the filly in the famous colours of Frankel is bidding to add the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday to her Group One successes in the Investec Oaks and Darley Irish Oaks.

In a busy morning on the Knavesmire, Frankie also partnered a second American filly, Happy Like a Fool for a spin and confirmed her as being “very speedy, in good form” ahead of the supplementary entry for the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes, the Group Two target for juveniles fillies, on Thursday.”



Trainer Richard Hannon relishing York test for stable star TRAINER Richard Hannon believes stable star, Barney Roy, “will take all the beating” in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York next Wednesday.

The Godolphin-owned colt was one of 15 horses today left in first running of a York contest at £1million prize money, at the latest entry stage.

The extended mile and a quarter Group 1 feature is set to deliver a mighty showdown between Barney Roy, Churchill and Ulysses.

The trio are vying for favouritism in the betting after, between them, delivering some superb performances so far this season.

Three-year-old pair Barney Roy and Churchill have clashed twice so far. Ballydoyle ace Churchill drew first blood when winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket but Barney Roy turned the tables on his rival with success in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Barney Roy has since been beaten by a nose in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown by progressive four-year-old Ulysses.

Hannon said: “Barney Roy is in great form at home and has done very well since the Eclipse.

“He’s had a nice break and will go to Kempton for a bit of work this week. He heads there in fantastic order and the Juddmonte looks the ideal race for him.

“The Eclipse form has been boosted by the victory of Eminent on Tuesday (in a Group 2 at Deauville) and I think he will take all the beating at York.”

Hannon also outlined that he expects to be represented in other races through the four-day meeting, which runs from Wednesday 23 August to Saturday 26 August inclusive.

The master of Herridge Racing Stables talked about a contender for Britain’s richest nursery, at £70,000, adding: “Other runners will include the likes of Tangled in the (Betway) Nursery, who – having had to do a stalls test since Goodwood – heads there in great order.

“Kool Kompany has a few options available to him and hopefully can bring his best form back to the table after not a bad run in the Sussex.”

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Trainer Clive Cox is hoping to saddle two runners in this season’s Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday 25 August.

At this stage, both Profitable and Priceless are on target to line up in the five-furlong Group 1, which is worth £350,000.

The former, who runs in the colours of Godolphin, secured a Group 1 success in last year’s King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and has enjoyed another solid campaign so far in 2017. He also showed his potential when winning in Listed company aged three here at York.

He has finished runner-up on all of his previous three starts including when bidding for back-to-back wins at Royal Ascot and when last seen in action in Group 2 company at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Those two defeats came at the hands of Lady Aurelia and Battaash respectively and a rematch could well be on the cards for Cox’s sprinting ace.

Profitable is set to be joined by the Alan Spence-owned Priceless, a daughter of Exceed And Excel who landed a Group 2 prize earlier this season in the Temple Stakes at Haydock.

That success came on ground officially described as ‘firm’ and Cox is hoping that the ground will be on the quick side for both of his charges.

He said: “At the moment both Profitable and Priceless are intended runners in the Nunthorpe.

“Both seem in good form at home and deserve to take their chance. The long-range forecast looks decent and this would be in both their favour.

“Profitable ran well at Goodwood – we were very happy with him. He has come out of the race in good form.

“It looks like being a very competitive race – certainly a mouthwatering contest – and one that will be great to be part of.”

Cox has plundered many of the UK’s top sprint prizes in recent years and just last month he landed the Darley July Cup at Newmarket with Harry Angel. He has yet to take the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and it is no doubt a race he would love to add to his CV.

He added: “It is always great to have runners at York – especially in the big races. Everyone wants to be part of it. It is a great occasion and somewhere we love to have winners.”

The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes is the feature on day three of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival which runs from Wednesday 23 August – Saturday 26 August inclusive.

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