Shea Shea tops Nunthorpe entry
South African sprinter Shea Shea is among 27 confirmations for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday.
Mike de Kock's globe-trotter, winner of the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March, will bid to open his British Group One account under Frankie Dettori after taking second and fourth places respectively in the King's Stand Stakes at July Cup.
Eddie Lynam's Sole Power, who lifted the King's Stand at Royal Ascot, attempts to regain his Nunthorpe crown after landing this prize at odds of 100-1 in 2010.
Lynam also provides the only other Irish-trained possible in Slade Power. The four-year-old finished ahead of his stablemate and Shea Shea when third in the July Cup and has since gone on to win the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh.
As expected, James Fanshawe has taken out Society Rock, who was second in the Newmarket six-furlong Group One and will be aimed at a repeat victory the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock next month.
Spirit Quartz, second to Ortensia 12 months ago, tries again while his trainer Robert Cowell can also call on Kingsgate Native, winner of this race in 2007 for Sir Michael Stoute, as well as Jwala.
Leading the Yorkshire charge in the five-furlong dash is the Bryan Smart-trained Moviesta, who booked his place with a convincing victory in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Other possibles in a quality field are Swiss Spirit, Tickled Pink, Jack Dexter and Heeraat.
There is one supplementary entry in the Reg Bond-owned and Geoff Oldroyd-trained Ladies Are Forever. The five-year-old mare is a dual Group Three course winner over six furlongs.