The Nassau Stakes is the highlight of the third-day of the Glorious Goodwood Meeting, and this Group 1 Race for fillies and mares aged 3+ is run over 10-furlongs.
The race was first run in 1840, but was opened to horses older than the classic generation in 1975, and granted Group 1 Status in 1999, since when it has been won by fantastic horses such as Minding, Legatissimo, The Fugue, Midday and Ouija Board.
3-Year-Olds have won 7 of the last 10 renewals
Only 3 winners had won last time out
SPs have ranged from 1/5 to 20/1
John Gosden has trained 3 of the last 5 winners
Aidan O’Brien has trained 3 of the last 10 winners
William Buick has ridden 2 of the last 4 winners
Won two Group 2 races in her last 3 starts, but well-beaten in between in a Group 1, and this class of opposition likely to prove too tough.
Had some good from as a 3-year-old, but has won a Listed Race and a Group 1 in the style of an improved performer in two runs this season. This another step up the ladder, but can’t be ruled-out with jockey Andrea Atzeni in sparkling form.
Not the most consistent horse, but capable of some top-class from on a going day, such as when chasing home Minding in last year’s renewal, and when winning at the Breeders’ Cup. A bold show can’t be ruled-out, but may struggle to concede weight to some useful 3-year-olds.
So Mi Dar
Very useful 3-year-old who won the Musidora Stakes, and beat Nezwaah at Yarmouth. Not run for over 300 days, but that hasn’t stopped Frankie Dettori choosing her in preference to stablemate Shutter Speed.
Beat stablemate Winter on their seasonal debuts but, after being sent-off at the same price as Winter in the 1,000 Guineas, she was beaten along way. Beaten by her stablemate in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stake since, and needs to improve for the step-up in trip.
Looked to be a potential superstar when beating dual Oaks heroine Enable earlier in the season, but ran a bit flat in France since. That run can be forgiven, as not all horses travel well, but off-putting that Dettori prefers So Mi Dar.
Ran below expectation in the Epsom Oaks, but interesting if the ground rides soft having won a Group 1 in France under similar conditions.
Softening ground and stepping-up in trip 2-furlongs will mean plenty of bookmakers will be out to get this filly who is out of a Choisir mare. However, it would be no surprise if she added another Group 1 to her already burgeoning CV.
Highly-regarded filly who won a Group 1 on only her second start as a 2-year-old, but had to miss the 1,000 Guineas. Ran an excellent second in the Falmouth Stakes over 1-mile on her belated seasonal debut – and, being by Dubawi out of a Singspiel mare, she should relish racing at 10-furlongs for the first time.
One of the most competitive Nassau Stakes I can remember, and all 9 have some sort of chance. Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden have both won the race 3 rimes in the last 10-years and are doubly-represented, however a chance is taken on Sobetsu now the ground has turned soft.