BOROUGHBRIDGE-based jockey Paul Mulrennan hopes his faith in last year’s hero Mecca’s Angel is justified in tomorrow’s Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York Racecourse.
In Mulrennan’s eyes, the Clive Cox-trained Profitable is the one to beat.
Mulrennan bagged his first Group One on the Michael Dods-trained sprinter in the same race last year and the Yorkshire-based jockey has kept his faith in the five-year-old for tomorrow’s feature on the Knavesmire.
The 34-year-old also had the option to partner Easton Angel – who will instead be partnered by a rather high-profile super-sub’ in Frankie Dettori – and Mulrennan is hoping he has made the correct call.
“It was a very, very close call indeed and one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make,” the jockey told the YEP.
“Clearly the ground is not ideal for Mecca’s, and it will suit Easton, but I had to go with the horse who beat such a top-class field last time.
“It looks like being a brilliant race with Limato, Yalta and Goldream in the line-up, although Profitable would be the one I really fear.
“He’s beaten us twice this season and is coming back to five furlongs, plus there could be more improvement in him.
“That said, I wouldn’t swap last year’s winner for any horse in the race.”
The Henry Candy-trained Limato is the general 10-3 favourite for the race, ahead of Profitable at 5s.
Mecca’s Angel is next in the pecking order at 7s.
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YORK: 1.50 Stars Over The Sea, 2.30 Pallasator (treble), 3.05 FORGE (NAP), 3.40 Profitable (next best), 4.20 Rivet, 4.55 Viscount Barfield.
SANDOWN: 2.20 Just Maybe, 2.55 Babyfact, 3.30 Calibration, 4.05 Daily Bulletin, 4.40 Carenot, 5.15 Blind Faith.
BANGOR: 2.10 The Character, 2.45 Thyne For Gold, 3.20 Up And Go, 3.55 The Backup Plan, 4.30 Trafalgar Rock, 5.05 Civil Unrest.
SALISBURY: 5.30 Cosmic Storm, 6.05 Shabeeh, 6.35 Star Maker, 7.05 Cunco, 7.35 Zaakhir, 8.05 Ivanhoe.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.20 Rosie Crowe, 6.50 Virile, 7.20 Miss Salt, 7.50 Machine Learner, 8.20 Hangman Jury, 8.50 Toboggan’s Fire, 9.20 Gold Return.