Lady Aurelia and Battaash declared for thrilling Nunthorpe clash
The highly anticipated clash between Royal Ascot heroine Lady Aurelia and emerging sprint star Battaash is on after the pair featured among 12 declarations for Friday's Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.
Lady Aurelia has not been seen since streaking away with the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, during which time Battaash has posted a series of devastating performances, most recently in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood three weeks ago.
Group 1 winner Profitable chased both Lady Aurelia and Battaash home in both races, and will take another swing at the pair on Friday, with Goodwood third Marsha also standing her ground.
Another King's Stand Stakes winner, Goldream, has been declared with a visor for the first time, while Washington DC will seek a first Group 1 victory following his Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes win at the Curragh last time.
Battaash's stablemate Cotai Glory is also engaged, along with Profitabe's stablemate Priceless, with the David Griffiths-trained veterans Duke of Firenze and Take Cover declared too.
Paul Midgley's Final Venture completes the dozen runners.
Dartmouth among Lonsdale nine
Also on Friday's card, the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup will feature nine runners, including the Queen's Dartmouth, a winner of the Yorkshire Cup in May.
William Haggas has declared Dal Harraild for the Group 2 contest as opposed to Saturday's Betfred Ebor, with Royal Ascot scorer Thomas Hobson also declared.
St Michel will represent Sir Mark Prescott, with the veterans Sheikhzayedroad and High Jinx, Chester Cup hero Montaly, Prince Of Arran and Higher Power completing the field.