Best Racing Tips For Today – The Nassau Stakes
The 31st running of the Group 1 Nassau Stakes (Saturday 1st August, 3.10pm), sees 9 runners go to post for the 10-furlong contest. The small but select field is full of talent though, and the winners of the 1,000 Guineas, French Oaks, and Ireland’s Group-1 Pretty Polly Stakes are all hoping to take the starring role amidst a strong supporting cast.
The last 10 renewals have been won by four 3-year-olds, four 4-year-olds and two 5-year-olds, whilst trainer John Gosden is bidding to win it for the 4th year running. Jockeys William Buick, Frankie Dettori and Richard Hughes have all ridden the winner at least once in the last decade.
Here’s the analysis of all today’s big race runners, and the tip.
Bright Approach 50/1
The first of John Gosden’s 3 runners is the outsider of the party. Her debut win last year has worked out well with the two fillies she beat ranked much higher now, but she flopped in two runs after. Interesting she’s been kept fresh for this, but will find it hard conceding 9lb to all but one of her rivals.
The French doesn’t have a great record in this race and, after finishing 4 lengths behind Amazing Maria last time out, she may also find the 9lb weight concession to some useful looking 3-year-olds beyond her.
Arabian Queen 25/1
Decent filly, but her last two runs at Ascot and Newmarket suggest she’ll fall short of the required class, though her win at downhill Epsom offers her supporters some hope.
Already a 10-furlong group-1 winner after victory in the Pretty Polly Stakes, but managed to get an easy lead there to hold off Legatissimo by a head. May find it harder to lead from stall 6 today with other front runners drawn inside her.
Jazzi Top 16/1
Frankie Dettori preferred her chances in the Oaks to that of Star of Seville, and she finished in front of her stablemate despite being slowly away. Not without hope, but Dettori is back aboard Star of Seville today.
Lady of Dubai 7/1
The money has come for her on both her starts this season, an impressive win over 9-furlongs here at Goodwood, and then when third in the Oaks. She was drawn wide in the Oaks and got a bump at the 2-furlong marker, but is drawn in stall one here, and Jockey Andrea Atzeni rides, as he did for connections in last Saturday’s group-1, and I expect the money to come again.
The 1,000 Guineas winner needs little introduction – and she’s been just two short-heads away from a hat-trick of group-1’s. However, this is her 6th run of the season and others may be fresher and catching her up ability wise.
Star of Seville 7/1
Won all 3 of her 10-furlong starts, all under Frankie Dettori, and she may be able to adopt her customary front-running role from stall 4 as she’s drawn on the inside of the other obvious pace-setter Diamondsandrubies. Could well make it a four-timer in the race for John Gosden.
Potential improver for Aidan O’Brien after winning last time, but has nearly 4 lengths to make up on Legatissimo on early season form.
Legatissimo and Diamondsandrubies look worth taking on from wide draws, whilst the two 4-year-olds look up against it conceding weight to decent 3-year-olds. Star of Seville is interesting given her impressive 10-furlong record, and her trainer’s record in the race, but I just prefer Lady of Dubai who looks the least exposed, is well drawn, and has an impressive course win to her name.
Lady of Dubai each-way @ 7/1 (Coral)