Goodwood

  • 15:15 Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes 1m 1f 192y

  • Winner £113,420 2nd £43,000 3rd £21,520 4th £10,720
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 6.58s
  • Off time: 15:17:42
15:15 Goodwood Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sultanina 11/2
2nd Narniyn (IRE) 7/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 911-451 Pink, Black stars on sleeves, Pink cap, Black star Mango Diva 13
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-7 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 108 4/15.00
2 (5) 4111-14 Green, red epaulets Narniyn (IRE) 34
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-7 A de Royer-Dupre C Soumillon 112 7/42.75
3 (2) 112 Pink, White sleeves Sultanina 28
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-7 J H M Gosden William Buick 105 11/26.50
4 (1) 128-812 Dark Blue Venus de Milo (IRE) 34
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-7 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 112 5/23.50
6 (7) 32-221 Black and White (halved), sleeves reversed, Red cap Eastern Belle 51
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-12 J H M Gosden J Fortune 99 16/117.00
7 (3) 48-5127 Royal Blue, Yellow sash Lustrous 14
Nag me
3 8-12 Richard Hannon R Hughes 104 16/117.00
Non runners
5 (4)7311-0Amazing Maria (IRE)38-12E A L DunlopJames Doyle103

Verdict

John Gosden's stable is bidding for a hat-trick in this Group 1 and are doubly represented this year. William Buick has chosen Sultanina, even though the four-year-old lost her unbeaten record last time in the Lancashire Oaks. Stablemate Eastern Belle won a Listed contest at Newbury in June but appears to have a bit to find with some of these including fellow three-year-olds Lustrous and Amazing Maria. Ed Dunlop had reservations about the latter's stamina in the Oaks and his fears were justified but she won twice here as a juvenile and is well regarded. Venus De Milo has been second on three occasions at the highest level and deserves a win so must be respected while Mango Diva bounced back to form at the Curragh last month. But the one to beat may be Alain De Royer-Dupre's NARNIYN if she can reproduce her best form on this quicker surface. She pulled too hard and didn't get home over 1m4f at Saint-Cloud last time and is worth another chance.