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A NUNTHORPE SHEA IN; Ahzeemah looks a real belter in York's Lonsdale.

Byline: Garry Owen

SHEA SHEA can prove he's the best five-furlong sprinter in the world with a decisive victory in the Nunthorpe.

Mike de Kock thinks dropping back down to five furlongs will definitely be in SHEA SHEA'S (3.40) favour after his fourth-place finish in the July Cup.

He lost out by a neck to Sole Power in the King's Stand at Ascot when Murtagh mugged Soumillon in the last stride after they were spread across the track.

Drawn in boxes two and five, Dettori, who takes over on the South African flying machine will be able to monitor Murtagh closely and I believe they can leave the Irish challenger for dead.

When they met in the Group 1 Al Quoz at Meydan in March, Shea Shea smashed the track record with Murtagh back in fourth.

De Kock said: "Last time we may have been a little far back, but Lethal Force broke the track record. How much closer could we have been to him? Being his third run back from a rest, Shea Shea should possibly be at his best."

GOSPEL CHOIR (1.55) can have punters singing his praise in the opener. The son of Galileo was pretty smart last season but looked the type to strengthen up into a nice four-year-old.

Gelded since finishing six lengths behind Ahzeemah at Ascot in September, he has the ability to shrug off top weight.

AHZEEMAH (2.30) has hit the bar more times than Oliver Reed, but there's nothing ungenuine about this son of Dubawi.

Second to Brown Panther in the Goodwood Cup, the Lonsdale could finally be his day in the sun.

PAVLOSK (3.05) can bounce back to winning ways and give Stoute and Moore a York double. The jockey may have given the filly too much to do when a fast finishing fifth at Goodwood last time after a poor draw and the step up in trip should be ideal.

RED GALILEO (4.20) made an impressive debut at HQ and can go one better in this open maiden. MACHETE MARK (4.55) has been in fine form, is improving and can make his mark for Ger Lyons.


DETTORI J Flying high at York
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Date:Aug 23, 2013
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