Need For Speed To Hit York
August 19 - Blink and you'll miss her.
That is a statement that could apply to the imposing American filly Acapulco when she returns to Britain attempting to reap a second major sprinting prize of the summer in York's Nunthorpe Stakes on 21st August.
A five-furlong dash across the famous Knavesmire at York will produce a sea of colour, blurring all the while as they dash from post to post in something just south of sixty seconds.
Acapulco is a long way form her home at Ward's yard in Glendora, California but a worldwide audience will watch live online horse racing streams in the hopes of seeing this imposing daughter of Scat Daddy justify the hype at York on Friday.
Back in June, Acapulco arrived for her first appearance in the UK and duly demolished the Queen Mary Stakes field under the peerless Ryan Moore.
Such was the authority and power with which she travelled, the normally ultra-competitive 20-runner heat was all but in the bag with a furlong-and-a-half still to run.
It was a visually impressive display and while the time clocked suggests she may have to pull out more to prevail at York, she is perfectly entitled to improve again.
Ward has been keen to stretch out her two-year-old runs this season, ensuring the filly has every opportunity to recover and develop between races.
The Nunthorpe represents her most daunting challenge to date, but she will receive some handy concessions on the big day.
A two-year-old allowance coupled with her fillies' concession dictates that Acapulco will carry the bare minimum 8st on her back.
She will therefore receive the best part of 2st from Sole Power, the Eddie Lynam trained eight-year-old looking to become the first horse in 30 years to win the Nunthorpe three times.
Since arriving in England, Ward has revealed the progress Acapulco has made since her last run.
The trainer reports his pride and joy to be in "phenomenal" form after the journey to York and he dampens any fears about taking on older horses by insisting Acapulco already has the physical presence of a four-year-old.
Ward refers to her as a "monstrous filly" and he is no doubt that there will be no excuses if she fails to win the Nunthorpe.
The prospect of seeing her in full flight taking on the best sprinters in Europe in a Group One contest is already one of the most tantalising on offer at York's famous Ebor Festival.
Friday's race is simply one that is not to be missed.
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