The spotlight will be on the progressive three-year-old Moviesta in the Group One Nunthorpe at York this afternoon
Moviesta stepped up in class to win at Glorious Goodwood last time out and now faces an even stiffer task when he takes on the stars of the sprinting world in the Nunthorpe. The Bryan Smart three-year-old is a course and distance winner and appears to still be progressing. If his winning streak is going to continue he will have to get the better of the South African super-spinter Shea Shea and the classy Irish performers Slade Power and Sole Power. Another threat at longer odds will be the race’s former winner Kingsgate Native who has shown some good form this season. If Smart’s colt does win he will certainly be a star of the turf.
In the Lonsdale Cup, man of the moment Johnny Murtagh teams up with trainer Willie Mullins. Murtagh’s ride Simenon was an excellent second to Estimate at Royal Ascot and looks certain to go one better this afternoon in the marathon race. If Colour Vision can regain his form of old he will pose a significant danger. Ed Dunlop’s Times Up won for his father last year and can not be discounted too.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Simenon (Lonsdale Cup 2.30)
Simenon looked better than ever when finishing second in the Ascot Gold Cup. With Johnny Murtagh booked and having been rested since Ascot he should have too much for his rivals today.
Crockford’s Whisper – Kingsgate Native (Nunthorpe 3.40)
The Nunthorpe looks a strong renewal but this Robert Cowell sprinter can mix it with the best on his day. A former winner of this Group One sprint he has looked near his best at times this year. Another good performance will put him right in the frame at attractive each way odds.
Crockford’s gambles on day three of the Ebor Festival:
Simenon and Colour Vision e/w (Lonsdale Cup 2.30)
Archbishop (Strensall 3.05)
Moviesta and Kingsgate Native e/w (Nunthorpe 3.40)
(Featured Photograph – Moviesta at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice)