Michael Dods hoping to spring Nunthorpe shock at York with Que Amoro following in Mecca's Angel and Mabs Cross footsteps

MICHAEL Dods is hoping Que Amoro can spring one of the surprises of the season in next week’s Nunthorpe Stakes.

His flying filly looks a lively outsider up against the one they all have to beat – sprint king Battaash.

But the north will be hoping they can deny the big guns from Newmarket and wrestle the trophy back.

After all, Dods knows what it takes to strike in the Knavesmire dust-up. His record in the race is phenomenal.

Mecca’s Angel provided Dods with his two biggest days as a trainer when winning back-to-back Nunthorpes in 2015 and 2016.

His old stable star was the first horse to win two on the spin in over 30 years and then in 2018 Mabs Cross was agonisingly denied by Alpha Delphini in a photo finish.

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Two years later and Dods is still convinced his filly got up that afternoon!

He laughed: “We thought we had another, but it wasn’t to be.

“Obviously it’s a race we love and means a lot to us. Mecca’s Angel helped put us on the map and we had two special days.

“Mabs Cross won big races elsewhere, but she went so, so close too.

“Que Amoro will have a crack. We know she’s well and going strong at home so as long as the ground is quick she’ll have a shot.”

After Dods’ father Dickie suddenly died in 1990, Denton Hall near Darlington was left in his control.

Racing takes up the majority of his time, but with his wife and assistant trainer Carole, the family have kept their farming traditions alive with plenty of cows, sheep and arable land.

While the dry weather hasn’t helped the crops, it’s exactly what Dods is hoping for in the build-up to York.

He added: “The quicker the ground, the better her chance.

“There isn’t much for her between now and the end of the season, and we know she loves the track so it’s worth a shot.

"Everyone loves having runners at York. It’s going to be different this year with no crowd, which is a shame.

“But they always look after the owners and trainers and that doesn’t seem to have changed.

“We’re up against it but what can you do?

“Battaash is brilliant and we know what we’re up against but York is normally a great meeting and you can’t not run because of one horse.

“She’s going as well as ever at home and you never know, she might just improve again and I’ll be praying these storms stay away!”

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