Smart bullish ahead of Alpha Delphini return

01 July 2020 23:42:11 GMTPlus10

Bryan Smart believes veteran sprinter Alpha Delphini has retained all his speed as the 2018 Nunthorpe Stakes winner continues preparations for a comeback later this month.

The nine-year-old has been off since his second-place effort to Battaash in the Temple Stakes last season but he stretched ligaments at the top of a tendon in his work before Royal Ascot.

Alpha Delphini will have York's Group 1 event on 21st August as a future target.

He caused a shock when striking at 40-1 in the race two years ago, beating Mabs Cross in a photo finish. He will make his return in the Listed John Smith's City Walls Stakes at York on 18th July.

Smart, who had four winners in June, said: "He went brilliant last Friday, he went brilliant on Tuesday. He'll probably go and have a little gallop somewhere and then I hope he'll run at York in the City Walls Stakes.

"He's come through his pieces of work. He's worked a little bit lazily but he does that so I'm not worried and he's in great form."

Asked if he thought the sprinter retained his ability, Smart said: "It looks like it's still there so we're over the moon."

Battash is 1.50 for the Nunthorpe Stakes and last month's impressive King's Stand Stakes winner would be out for a second win in the race.

Sceptical, third in the Diamond Jubilee, and the progressive Art Power are also on course for York and are priced at 7.00 and 7.00 respectivly.

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