All the going news, market moves and tips on Nunthorpe day
It is a day of extremes at York on Friday. That is not just in terms of the two feature races, the Lonsdale Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes, which more or less sit at the ends of top-class race distances in Britain.
In the Nunthorpe itself there is also the clash of explosive promise and gradually kindled flame. Lady Aurelia has been on the scene since she burned off the field in last year's Queen Mary and she once again lit up Royal Ascot in this year's King's Stand. Her main rival Battaash went on a four-race losing streak after a successful debut but has worked through the gears of Listed, Group 3 and Group 2 in 2017 to reach these heights.
The Lonsdale Cup and City of York Stakes, which complete the Group races on offer, are both exceptionally open races of their type. Dartmouth is a narrow favourite back where he won the Yorkshire Cup, while last night Daban and Suedois were 7-1 joint-favourites for the 20-runner City Of York.
Newmarket - first race 1.35
Good, good to firm in places (7.7 on the GoingStick at 6.30am on Friday).
Stands side course. Current rail alignment adds 2 yards to races 4 and 6.
York - first race 1.55
Good, good to soft in places (7.0 overall on the GoingStick at 8am on Friday).
Rail 4yds out from innermost line to provide fresh ground from 9f to entrance to home straight, with the following effect on official race distances; 7f192yds adds 11yds so becomes 1m4yds; 1m3f188yds adds 15yds so becomes 1m4f3yds; 2m56yds adds 15yds so becomes 2m71yds Saturday rail movements to be confirmed after racing on Friday.
Ffos Las - first race 2.15
Good to soft, soft in places (6.3 on the GoingStick at 6.30am on Friday).
Kilbeggan - first race 4.45
Good to yielding.
Killarney - first race 5.05
Yielding, good to yielding in places on Flat course; good on jumps course.
Goodwood - first race 5.10
Good, good to soft in places (7.0 on the GoingStick at 7.30am on Friday).
Lower bend dolled 5 yards increasing race distances of 7 furlong and 8 furlong races by 10 yards Top bend dolled out 3 yards increasing race distances of 2 mile race by 7 yards.
Salisbury - first race 5.15
Good (7.1 on the GoingStick at 4pm on Thursday).
Hamilton - first race 5.30
Soft (5.3 on the GoingStick at 7am on Friday).
Straight reduced to 14m wide (far side rail moved in 2m). Loop rail out 5yds adding approx 13yds to races 2, 3 & 5
1.55 Al Neksh 9-1 (from 11), Speedo Boy 12-1 (from 16)
3.00 So Beloved 7-1 (from 9), Talaayeb 11-1 (from 12)
4.15 Capital Flight 9-2 (from 6)
4.50 Syphax 9-1 (from 16)
1.55 7 Manjaam, 9 Game Starter
3.00 13 Viscount Barfield
3.35 3 Duke Of Firenze
What to back
Our tipsters have all their leading selections for the day here.
What to read
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What to watch
Check out the Friday portion of the Postcast, which includes a 66-1 tip.
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We had it to an extent with Limato last year, but it really is exciting to see highly touted 5f sprinters take each other on for the first time. Lady Aurelia and Battaash have independently beaten the rest, hopefully there will be a good clean fight between the two today.