2018 Nunthorpe Stakes: Punters confident with Battaash in York feature

The Nunthorpe Stakes is the featured sprint race during the Ebor Festival at York
Battaash heads the market for the Nunthorpe. (Getty Images)

2018 Nunthorpe Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions

The 2018 Nunthorpe Stakes is set to excite with a talented field expected to line up for the Group 1 prize. Battaash, Blue Point and US Navy Flag are all high-profile names in the betting and it promises to be another great edition.

Held at York during the Ebor Festival, punters from all around the world tune in for the Nunthorpe Stakes.

2018 Nunthorpe Stakes Best Bet - Battaash

The Charles Hills-trained four-year-old comes into this race having won the Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood last start and although beaten by race-rival Blue Point in the King's Stand Stakes, he didn't lose any admirers.

Holding top-level form over the sprinting distances is tough and luck often plays a big part. Battaash is the quality runner of this field and the seven-time winner is looking to improve on his fourth-placed finish in the 2017 Nunthorpe Stakes last year.

1.80 is a fraction short but he could justify those odds come late August.

2018 Nunthorpe Stakes Best Each Way - Blue Point

Blue Point couldn't muster in the July Cup at Newmarket but his form when winning the King's Stand Stakes makes him a logical each way chance here.

The Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old will need to make up the 4.75 lengths he finished behind US Navy Flag last start but that might have been a case of second-up syndrome. He would have needed time to recover after travelling to Hong Kong and we'll give him another chance.

5.00 is a good price and he could pay overs to run in the first three.

2018 Nunthorpe Stakes Best Roughie - Take Cover

We wouldn't usually suggest backing American runners in European sprint races but Take Cover could offer some value at 15.00. The six-year-old could be a sneaky pick if it comes with its best form and it has already attracted attention in the market.

Watch the market closely for any further moves.

Best Bet: Battaash @ 1.80
Best Each Way: Blue Point @ 5.00
Best Roughie: Take Cover @ 15.00
Bill Rosenthal 07 August 2018

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