Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose runners have already had a productive 2019, now can add the Group 1 Nunthorpe to the list of accomplishments.
Today,there was not a turf sprinter anywhere in the world–yes, we’re also including Australia–that could have beaten Battaash at 5 furlongs, such was the dominance of his victory.
The Nunthorpe attracted a field of 12, one that included most impressive Group 1 July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns, arguably the most stirring victory of the 2019 Newmarket season.
But either the effort caused a regression or he was unable to turn back from 6 furlongs and match the quickness of the 5 year old Dark Angel gelding.
And, finally after two unsuccessful attempts, Battaash finally got his Nunthorpe title…bit it was the way he did it.
Racing in the first flight throughout, Battaash took control with a tad over a furlong remaining and drew out powerfully late.
The victory was his second Group score in the past three weeks, having won the King George at Goodwood last out. Prior to that, he was second in the G1 Kings Stand at Ascot.
Battaash has been a source of some frustration for trainer Charles Hill, often losing at short odds. Having said that, the gelding seems to have come into his own, improving his career mark to (19) 10-2-3. Good job all around.