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Can Profitable Bounce Back from July
Profitable put on a disappointing display in his last outing at the July Cup, but has the chance to respond at the Nunthorpe Stakes.
The four-year-old was not able to match the pace of Limato, who claimed an easy victory at Newmarket, while Suedois and Quiet Reflection also finished ahead of him.
Trainer Clive Cox now faces the task of gearing the horse back into form for the meet at York, although the field will present a tough challenge.
The oddsmakers at https://www.williamhill.com.au/horse-racing are pricing Profitable at 3/1 to get back to winning ways to clinch the sixth triumph of his career. Profitable began his career at Newbury two years ago in the JLT Maiden Stakes, and notched a top-three finish, but he was well off the pace of the winner Strath Burn.
The Irish horse broke his duck in his next outing at Sandown Park by powering to victory from the off, winning by a clear margin ahead of the rest of the field.
As a result of his victory, the Bay Colt joined the British Horse Authority's major event at Haydock Park, and although he put in a good display he was beaten to the line by a neck by Squats.
Profitable suffered the same fate in his first appearance at Royal Ascot as Squats again denied him the win, but this time by a nose, leaving Cox and jockey William Buick to rue his poor finish.
Another defeat in the final furlong followed in his return to Haydock, with this time Rosie's Premiere inflicting the blow at the Bryn Nursery.
He took a step back in the Dubai Cornwallis Stakes as he was unable to match the pace of the frontrunners, while he suffered similar disappointment in his next race at Sandown Park finishing in fifth place for the second race on the spin.
Profitable announced himself on the big stage by securing his first official BHA victory at the British Stallion Studs, overcoming his old nemesis Strath Burn.
However, the victory would be his only success of 2015 as he was beaten out at Sandown, Ascot and York in the Nunthorpe Stakes, as well as failing to place in the Prix du Petit Couvert at Longchamp.
Cox and jockey Adam Kirby reached the low point with the Irish horse, but they were to rebound with dramatic effect in 2016.
The four-year-old secured his first win of the season at Newmarket, beating out Waady, who had held the edge in their previous encounters.
Profitable shone under pressure in his next outing at the Temple Stakes, producing the performance of his career to come through the pack and edge out overwhelming favourite Mecca's Angel on the line.
Ascot was the next venue of success as he triumphed over his rivals once again in the King's Stand Stakes narrowly taking the victory ahead of Cotai Glory, while Waady was forced to settle for fifth place.
His winning run was brought to an end at the July Cup as Kirby failed to find an answer for the brilliance of Limato, who claimed the crown leaving Profitable outside the top three.
With a month to rest up for the Nunthorpe Stakes, Cox has time to get Profitable back into peak condition for the challenge ahead, where he will face off against Mecca's Angel.
The race will likely be a straight duel between the two horses given their form this season. Mecca's Angel won his last outing at Curragh and trainer Michael Dods will be determined to avenge their outcome of their last clash at the King's Stand Stakes against Profitable in the meet at York on the 19th August.
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