Prohibit set for Nunthorpe

King's Stand hero bound for York

Last Updated: 22/06/11 1:40pm

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Prohibit: Nunthorpe target

Prohibit: Nunthorpe target

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Robert Cowell is planning to run his Royal Ascot hero Prohibit at York on Friday August 19 in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

The King's Stand winner is among an impressive 42-strong entry - up six from 2010 - for the five-furlong Group 1 contest, which retains a prize fund of £240,000.

Cowell, based just outside Newmarket at Six Mile Bottom, confirmed that his stable star has the Nunthorpe as his next major target.

He said: "We have entered him in the Nunthorpe and that is firmly on the agenda.

"If we think he is fresh and well before that, there is a Group 2 at Glorious Goodwood. He would have to carry a penalty in that but it's possible he could go there on route to the Nunthorpe.

"He is fine. As we always do after a race, we have turned out him out and he is enjoying his break at the moment."

Cowell and his team at Bottisham Heath Stud have been glowing in the aftermath of last week's victory at the Royal meeting. Prohibit provided the trainer with his first Group 1 triumph, defeating the Australian-trained Star Witness by half a length.

Cowell reflected: "He didn't totally surprise us but it was a bit of a shock, seeing as we are a 25-horse yard taking on the big lads at such a prestigious meeting.

"He is much more consistent than most and we went there very hopeful of a place, but obviously we weren't confident of winning a Group 1.

"Everyone was thrilled and not quite sure that it had happened - it was all a bit surreal. But the press have been fantastic and I think it was good for racing."

The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes is just one of three Group 1 races to be staged at the Ebor Festival, which this year will see prize money of £2.75million for the four days.

The opening-day highlight, Wednesday, August 17's Juddmonte International Stakes, is now worth £700,000 - making it the richest-ever race to be run at York.

The race has attracted an all-star initial entry of 43, including the unbeaten Frankel as well as Rewilding and So You Think, who fought out an epic Prince Of Wales's Stakes duel at Royal Ascot.

This year is the first time that the final day of the Festival will be staged on a Saturday - August 20. The feature race on that day will be the totesport Ebor, the oldest and probably most famous race held at York. It is the richest flat handicap in Europe at £210,000.

The four-day Ebor Festival meeting contains 25 races overall and gets underway on Wednesday, August 20.

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