Sprint possibilities at York and the Curragh for Mabs Cross

Nunthorpe bid still in the mix

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A crack at the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York remains under consideration for Mabs Cross despite her defeat at the Curragh on Irish Oaks weekend.

Having run a fantastic race to finish third in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot last month, the Michael Dods-trained filly was a hot favourite to get back on the winning trail in the Group Two Sapphire Stakes.

She had to make do with minor honours in third behind fellow British challenger Havana Grey, but is reported to have taken her exertions well and Dods is eyeing either the Nunthorpe on August 24 or a return to the Curragh for the Flying Five Stakes on September 16.

“She’s come out of the race well. She’s been going out in the field every day for a few hours and we’re happy with her,” said the Darlington-based trainer.

“She ran a good race, I just felt they went too slow. She needs a strong pace to aim at and she didn’t get it.

“She’s come home well, which is the main thing, and we’ll see where we go from here.

“She’s in the Nunthorpe and she’s in the Flying Five. I’ll have a chat with David (Armstrong, owner) and see what he has to say.

“She never gets an easy race and always takes a bit out of herself, so we’ll see.”

Sprint possibilities at York and the Curragh for Mabs Cross

York 15:35, 24 August 2018

Finished 2 of 15 @ 14/1

tracked leaders, driven and headway over 1f out, soon challenged, ridden and every chance final furlong, kept on, edged left towards finish, just failed

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