08/21/2006 11:00PM

Enticing, 2, up against her elders


Roy and Gretchen Jackson's exciting 2-year-old filly Enticing will venture boldly into the realm of older horses when she challenges 16 much more experienced foes in the Group 1, $475,000 Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Thursday.

Unbeaten in three starts, including a victory last time over juvenile colts in Goodwood's Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, Enticing is bred to excel at the Nunthorpe's five-furlong distance. By the first-class sprint sire Pivotal, she is out of Superstar Leo, who at the age of 2 was herself a neck second against older horses in the five-furlong Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp in 2000. Trainer Bill Haggas will give Nicky Mckay a leg up on Enticing, who will receive 24 to 27 pounds from her older rivals.

She will be up against the sharp 3-year-old sprinter Dandy Man. Trained in Ireland by Con Collins, he won Newmarket's five-furlong Group 3 Palace House Stakes against older horses in May and beat the very quick Osterhase in a five-furlong listed race at the Curragh last time. In between he raced virtually alone on the slower far side of the Ascot straight course when he finished fourth in the Group 2 King's Stand Stakes, which he might have won had he drawn on the faster stands side. Another to fear is a perennial runner-up, Benbaun, a speedy sort who has a group-race win in his future somewhere.

Notnowcato wins Juddmonte

York's prestigious three-day Ebor Meeting got under way Tuesday with a subpar renewal of the $950,000 Juddmonte International Stakes. With David Junior, Electrocutionist, and Ouija Board all sidestepping the race, the 1 1/4-mile, 88-yard Group 1 affair had a depleted look, with the Irish Derby winner Dylan Thomas installed as the odds-on favorite. The Aidan O'Brien-trainee failed to advance the cause of this season's 3-year-olds, however, as he came an unchallenging 3 3/4 lengths fourth behind the 8-1 winner, Notnowcato.

A two-time Group 3 winner this spring, the Michael Stoute-trained Notnowcato had shown improvement when he was 1 1/2 lengths second to David Junior in the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes on July 8. Notnowcato only just managed to hold on by a short head Tuesday over stablemate Maraahel. Recent Group 1 winners Laverock and Cherry Mix were fifth and sixth, respectively. The winning time on good to soft ground was 2:12.32.

Earlier on the card, Youmzain, 12-1, took an excellent renewal of the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes as he defeated Red Rocks by a head, getting the 1 1/2 miles in 2:34.93. The pair will meet again on Sept. 9 in the St. Leger Stakes, which will be run this year at York as Doncaster builds itself a new grandstand.