The three main threats to Battaash in the Nunthorpe Stakes

Battaash is a red-hot favourite for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York
Battaash is a red-hot favourite for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York

Star sprinter Battaash is a red-hot odds-on favourite for the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York next Friday, but is he a sure thing? We've picked out some factors that could prove to be a threat to the Charles Hills-trained speedball...

Undoubtedly, the six-year-old speedster is the finest sprinter in training on British shores, as he showed when trouncing his rivals in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but he has shown frailties in the past, and while they have been more infrequent in recent times, he still is vulnerable on occasions.

An odds-on favourite for the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp at the end of last season, Battaash fluffed his lines and could only finish 14th of 16, and while he has bagged two wins out of two this season, there's still that nagging doubt about his consistency, so with that in mind, we've picked out the main threats to the Sheikh Hamdam Al Maktoum-owned raider in a fascinating renewal to the Nunthorpe - which is one of the feature events of the York Ebor Festival on the Knavesmire.

Art Power

Not since 2011 (Margot Did) has a three-year-old been victorious in the Nunthorpe Stakes, but in Art Power there's a real contender for the 2020 renewal. Tim Easterby's sprinter has been hugely progressive this season and having come through the handicap ranks, and having made the breakthrough at Group level last time out, he could be the biggest danger to Battaash.

Installed as the second favourite at the time of writing, Art Power showed his credentials when easing to a five-length success in a novice contest at Newcastle at the start of June. A facile winner of a competitive-looking handicap sprint at Royal Ascot a fortnight later was then followed up with a two and a half length win of a Group 3 sprint at Naas at the start of July.

Now, it's a gargantuan step up from Group 3 company to be taking on a sprinter like Battaash, but Art Power has been dealing with tougher assignments with aplomb over the last few months, and with winning form at York already on his CV, it shows that the Dark Angel colt won't have any worries delivering a high level of performance on the Knavesmire. A winner over five and six furlongs shows that he has speed and a hint of stamina in abundance, and while it remains to be seen whether he can maintain the gallop to keep up with Battaash throughout the contest, he is worthy of his place in the line-up.

Golden Pal

You have to go back to 2007 to find a two-year-old winner of the Nunthorpe, but the Wesley Ward-trained Golden Pal will look to emulate the legendary Kingsgate Native, who blitzed his rivals in the 2007 contest. Looking to exploit a monstrous 24 lb weight advantage over Battaash, Golden Pal heads to York on the back of a narrow defeat to The Lir Jet in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

It's not the first time that Ward has saddled a two-year-old in the Nunthorpe, as back in 2015 the American trainer saddled the 13/8 favourite Acapulco, but the youngster was no match for Mecca's Angel that day and had to settle for the silver medal. Now looking to go one better with Golden Pal, Ward will hope that his young gun can improve for that Norfolk outing.

It's a huge ask for the two-year-old to try and dethrone the reigning Nunthorpe hero Battaash, who holds a lot more experience and Group successes than his younger adversary, but with Golden Pal set to carry such a featherweight it levels the playing field somewhat, and Ward would not been sending him to the Ebor Festival if he didn't think Golden Pal was open to the improvement needed to land victory. Setting a fierce pace in the Norfolk, Golden Pal was unable to hang on, but Ward is unlikely to change his tactics and will let his star lead his rivals from the outset, and will just be hoping that he can cling on from the lurking Battaash, who is sure to be challenging late on.


If an on-song Battaash turns up then it's hard to see anything finishing in the next parish to the superstar sprinter, but for all his brilliance there's still a nagging doubt about Battaash's temperament on the big stage. He has appeared to have mellowed during the preliminaries in recent times, but there's still that cloud hanging over him from his younger days, where he would get a little fractious around the paddock and on the way to the start. Being gelded a few seasons back helped with him keeping his mind on the job, but trips to Yorkshire have posed their own problems.

While he always seems to have a penalty kick at in the King George at Goodwood - winning all four of his starts at the Sussex venue - he is a different proposition when lining up at York. Sent off an 11/4 shot for the 2017 Nunthorpe, Battaash could only finish fourth of 11 runners, while he returned a year later and was a red-hot odds-on favourite, but yet again fluffed his lines, again finishing fourth.

However, 2019 was the year it all clicked into place, as having been sent off a 7/4 second favourite behind Ten Sovereigns, he produced a blisteringly dominant display to win by nearly four lengths, blowing apart Dayjur's track record in the process. A repeat of that sumptuous effort will see him conquer his York hoodoo once again, but bearing in mind that he's struggled on two of his three tips to York, it's worth remembering that this is a track that has the potential to prove to be his downfall.

Nunthorpe Stakes Odds
Advert Disclaimer is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.

Bet £10 Get £20 + £10 Casino Bonus

#AD New UK customers (Excluding NI) mobile only. £30 in FREE Bets (FB) as £20 in sports bets & a £10 casino bonus (CB). Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. FB applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. FB 7 day expiry. 1 FB offer per customer, household & IP address only. Payment restrictions. 14 days to accept £10 CB, then active for 3 days. CB 5x wagering & max redeemable £100. Game restrictions apply. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. 30 days to qualify. 18+. T&Cs apply
Double the odds, any sport, any bet, any odds!
#AD 18+ Only valid for new registrations to Grosvenor Existing members do not qualify, Bet must be placed using real money in combination with the Odds Boost Token, Offer applies to Sport bets only. Max stake is £10. Each way bets are a maximum of £5 each way (£10 total). Customers have 60 days after registration to use the Odds Boost token. T&Cs apply.
Bet £20 & Get it Back As CASH If It Loses
#AD New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Horse Racing market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Welcome Offer
#AD Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code SPTS365 can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way.
Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets
#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code R30 only, Min £10/€10 stake,  min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 x £10/€10, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
Bet £20 & Get it Back As CASH If It Loses
#AD 18+ Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Only deposits made via Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply.  
Bet £10 Get £60 in Bonuses
#AD New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets (APP Only)
#AD New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
#AD Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Wagering req. vary by game • Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply. 18+
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets
#AD Offer includes a free £1 Race Index spread bet to try out our exciting 50-25-10 race markets. Place a £10 fixed odds bet at minimum odds of 1/2. Get 2 x £10 free fixed odds bets + 2 x £5 free Winning Favourites spread bets. Bet with live streaming on all racing and greyhounds! Ts&Cs Apply. 18+
£35 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free Spins. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only |
50% Up To £50 Welcome Bonus
#AD 18+; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms.
Latest racing results
1stDuty Of Care
2ndPurple Ribbon
1stAussie Banker
View All Today's Results