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Horse racing
Horse racing

Acapulco is literally head and shoulders above her rivals in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Saturday.

Described by trainer Wesley Ward as “monstrous”, the huge American filly also has the class to match her heavyweight physique.

She should, then, convincingly step up to the top table to become the first juvenile to win the Nunthorpe since Kingsgate Native in 2007.

As a young filly, Acapulco is in receipt of nearly 2st from many of the Nunthorpe protagonists but racegoers who see her in the flesh at York could be mistaken for thinking it should be the other way around, such is her size and scope.

The daughter of Scat Daddy is visually mature beyond her tender years, and illustrated the point on only her second racecourse outing at Royal Ascot.

Coolmore’s representative was sent off the 5-2 favourite for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, and those who had lumped on could not have wished for a smoother passage.

Acapulco produced arguably the most domineering performance of the Royal meeting with a clinical dismantlement of a strong field.

The form - and this is not often the case with the Queen Mary - also looks watertight as runner-up Easton Angel looks particularly smart.

As does Besharah, who has since claimed a Group Three by three lengths and more.

Trained with characteristic poise by the likeable Ward, Acapulco has been readied for this assignment ever since that day in Berkshire.

Ominously, too, for those in competition, the chances this athletic thoroughbred can make even further progress from the Queen Mary appear high.

* Selections -

York: 1.55 Mighty Yar, 2.30 Tac De Boistron, 3.05 Bossy Guest, 3.40 ACAPULCO (NAP), 4.20 Fawaareq, 4.55 Rifle Range.

Salisbury: 5.35 Cricklewood Green, 6.05 Fabulous Darling, 6.35 Burningfivers, 7.05 Platitude, 7.35 Scooner, 8.05 May Be Some Time.

Bangor: 2.10 Low Key, 2.45 Waddingtown Hero, 3.20 King Muro, 3.55 Curious Carlos, 4.30 Bertie’s Desire, 5.05 Icanmotor.

Sandown: 2.20 Just Glamorous, 2.55 Whitecrest, 3.30 Bag Of Diamonds, 4.05 Jordan Sport, 4.40 Townsville, 5.15 Ixelles Diamond, 5.50 Monasada.

Wolverhampton: 6.20 Malih, 6.50 Niblawi, 7.20 Guaracha, 7.50 Emerald Bay, 8.20 Indian Affair, 8.50 Trafalgar Rock, 8.20 Scurr Mist.

Double: Acapulco and Tac De Boistron.