The Nunthorpe Stakes at York next Friday have lost little with the retirement of Battaash as trainer Francois Rohaut has issued an upbeat bulletin on crack filly Suesa from Deauville.
Suesa, who beat top British sprinters such as Dragon Symbol easily at Goodwood last month, heads the Nunthorpe betting at 3/1 with bet365.
There had been some doubts about her participation at York given the ongoing complications relating to Brexit and Covid-19, but everything looks in order to have a crack on what is likely to be her preferred fast ground.
Speaking to industry paper Jour de Galop this week, Rohaut said:
Everything looks in order. She had a breeze on the Deauville polytrack on Tuesday morning with Olivier Peslier to check on her condition. She is fresh and well. I am optimistic and good ground at York will suit her. The horse will tell us if she is ready or not. Everything has been organised. The owner will decide as to whether William Buick keeps the ride or Olivier Peslier travels over to renew his association.
This morning Suesa enjoyed a trip to the beach.
— Marie Rohaut (@Marie_Rohaut) August 11, 2021
She will need to bring her A-Game to York in what will be a brilliant race against Golden Pal, described by US trainer Wesley Ward as possibly the best he’s had.