MICHAEL Dods’ mare Mecca’s Angel went to post for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday, Thursday’s good-to-firm going had changed to good. Mecca’s Angel blazed through the five furlongs to secure her second successive win the Gr1 sprint.
Limato, the July Cup winner and favourite, was within two lengths at the line but this was a one-horse race from the moment Paul Mulrennan moved into the lead and asked Mecca’s Angel to go for home. “I’d love to say she’s complicated and I have to do this and that,” Mulrennan said, “but I just have to point her. At the two pole, I said ‘go’, and she did.”
Mecca’s Angel stopped the clock within a second of Dayjur’s course-record time, set on good-to-firm going. With the conditions now turning in her favour, Mecca’s Angel could add further Gr1 wins to her record before retiring to the paddocks at the end of the season.
Dods said: “At her age, it’s not fair to race her next year and she’ll be sold to go to stud. I’ll be keen to try her over six [furlongs] before she retires. There’s the sprint at Ascot on Champions Day [in mid-October] and also the [five-furlong] Abbaye on Arc weekend [two weeks earlier]. It’s possible she could run in both. This is the ground she wants. She doesn’t want it soft, on good ground she’s got another two gears.”
Mecca’s Angel is top-priced at 6-4 for the Prix de l’Abbaye, to be run this year at Chantilly in France, and as big as 7-1 a place for the Champions Sprint Stakes, while Limato is 6-1 with Paddy Power for his main autumn target, the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita in November.