Clash of generations among Nassau Stakes entries
Last Updated: 11/07/13 12:06pm
The Fugue wins last year's Nassau Stakes
A clash between top-class fillies from different generations could be on the cards in this year's £200,000 Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes, for which 34 entries have been revealed.
The race is run over just shy of 10 furlongs on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood on Saturday August 3.
The Fugue posted a comfortable length victory in last year's race and the John Gosden-trained four-year-old is on course to defend her crown following a rare below-par run in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park on July 6, after which she produced a dirty scope.
Snow Fairy, runner-up to the outstanding Midday in 2011, could make her seasonal return in the race for trainer Ed Dunlop. The dual Classic winner recorded a sixth Group One victory when beating Nathaniel and St Nicholas Abbey in the Irish Champion Stakes on her latest appearance at Leopardstown, Ireland, in September.
The Classic crop are well represented, with 20 three-year-olds entered including the Richard Hannon-trained Sky Lantern, who followed up success in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas with a scintillating four-length victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She is one of four runners in the Group One Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.
Just The Judge, successful in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh for Charlie Hills, is set to step up in distance in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes, while Talent and Secret Gesture, both trained by Ralph Beckett,could drop down to a mile and a quarter after fighting out the finish to the Investec Oaks at the end of May.
Last year's Investec Oaks heroine Was features among six entries from the stable of Aidan O'Brien, while Sajjhaa, a dual Group One winner in Dubai earlier this year, could line up for Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor.
The Roger Varian-trained four-year-old Ambivalent made all of the running to post a half-length victory over Was in the 10-furlong Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last month.
Varian has also given an entry to South African import Dancewiththedevil, who notched five Grade One wins in her native country. The seven-year-old was eighth on her debut for her new trainer in the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19 - her first outing for more than a year.
Newmarket-based Varian commented: "Ambivalent and Dancewiththedevil are possible runners at Goodwood.
"It was great to see Ambivalent win the Pretty Polly Stakes. I think that she was suited by the change of tactics and how the race panned out for her - that's not to say that she needs to be ridden from the front every time, but it certainly paid off for her at the Curragh.
"She's pretty versatile between 10 and 12 furlongs and she has also an entry in the Yorkshire Oaks. She's a good filly and she has shown that she can hold her own in Group One company.
"I wasn't disappointed with Dancewiththedevil at Royal Ascot. She took quite a while to acclimatise and I think that run has really brought her forward considerably. I would be expecting a much bolder run wherever we decide to go next with her.
"She's a five-time Grade One winner in South Africa and a real superstar out there."
Chicquita, one of three French-trained entries, was runner-up in the French Oaks, the Prix de Diane, on her latest start, while Listed scorers Integral, Alive Alive Oh and Venus de Milo all look certain to make their mark in better company/