Nassau Stakes tips – Runner-by-runner guide to Glorious Goodwood day three highlight

Nassau Stakes tips. We're looking to Nazeef to land Group One glory in Thursday's Glorious Goodwood feature.Nassau Stakes tips. We're looking to Nazeef to land Group One glory in Thursday's Glorious Goodwood feature.

We move into day three of Glorious Goodwood and with more Group One action on the card we give our Nassau Stakes tips for the Thursday feature.

Glorious Goodwood enters a third day of top-class horse racing action where an eight-race card awaits punters with the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes spearheading the Thursday fixture.

Boasting a first prize in excess of £140,000 the top-class contest goes to post at 3.15pm as the fifth race of the day at the Sussex Downs and a field of seven will enter the stalls, each with an eye on the big prize in what promises to be an other cracking renewal of this contest.

Armchair punters can catch the day’s Glorious Goodwood big race live on ITV Racing and we’ve taken a runner-by-runner look at the field and give our Nassau Stakes tips for the Thursday feature.

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD NASSAU STAKES TIPS – RUNNER-BY-RUNNER

DIERDRE


Japanese raider who won this race twelve months ago, beating Mehdaayih, and she lost no caste in defeat afterwards in runs behind Magical at Leopardstown and Ascot before stepping up in trip for the Hong Kong Case where she finished fourth.

The Harbinger mare was denied only by a nose at Riyadh and she warmed up for this with a creditable fifth in the Coral-Eclipse stakes although she possibly just needed that run to blow away any cobwebs.

She bids to follow up her win in this race last year and she has to be respected where she sets the standard on ratings although she could prove vulnerable to an improver.

Nassau Stakes tips. Can Deirdre retain her Glorious Goodwood crown?

Nassau Stakes tips. Can Deirdre retain her Glorious Goodwood crown?

LAVENDER’S BLUE


Progressed well last term, winning twice which included a Sandown Group Three enroute to finishing fourth at Newmarket behind Billesdon Brook on her final start of the campaign in the Sun Chariot Stakes.

Amanda Perrett’s Sea The Stars filly arrives on the back of finishing almost nine lengths’ seventh of ten runners behind the reopposing Nazeef at Ascot in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes and she’ll need to do better if she’s to overturn that form.

It is worrying that she failed to handle the track at Epsom last term in the Oaks, failing to beat a rival and that has to be a concern at this undulating track and she might prefer a flatter venue so looks to have plenty on her plate.

MAGIC WAND


High-class mare who made a winning return to action in the Group Two Lanwades Stud Stakes last month at the Curragh prior to finishing fourth in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge had contested last term with plenty of credit, winning at Flemington in the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes and making the frame several times in starts in the UK, Ireland and on her global travels where she took on open company.

She has to be respected back against her own sex and with Frankie Dettori in the saddle she can make her presence felt.

Magic Wand is respected for Aidan O'Brien in Thursday's Nassau Stakes.

Magic Wand is respected for Aidan O’Brien in Thursday’s Nassau Stakes.

NAZEEF


Going from strength to strength, finding another chunk of improvement to open her Group One account with victory in the Falmouth Stakes and the Invincible Spirit filly can continue to be competitive.

John Gosden’s charge has only been beaten once from her seven career starts which came on her debut; but she’s improved with every start since and she can find further progress stepped up to this longer trip so ought to make a bold bid to extend her sequence.

She gave the impression at Newmarket last time that there was more still in the locker and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her firmly in the mix at the business end if the extra distance doesn’t catch her out.

QUEEN POWER


Beat the reopposing Lavender’s Blue when winning a Listed prize at Newbury last term and the Shamardal filly ran well in defeat in subsequent starts in Group company without adding to her tally.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has run well on both her starts this campaign, finishing runner-up to Terebellum in the Dahlia Fillies’ Stakes and then beaten three lengths into third beind Nazeef at Ascot in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes where she was no match for the winner.

She’s clearly a smart sort but this is a step up in class to the top table and she needs to find some further improvement to feature here where others look stronger.

FANCY BLUE


Won both her starts for Aidan O’Brien last term which included a Listed prize at the Curragh on just her second start after which she moved to fledgling trainer Donnacha O’Brien.

The Deep Impact filly produced a pleasing first run for her new handler when finding only Peaceful too strong in the Irish 1000 Guineas; but she stepped up on that run to get the better of impressive Royal Ascot scorer Alpine Star in the Prix De Diane at Chantilly earlier in the month.

She reversed the Irish 1000 Guineas form in that contest and there’s likely plenty more to come after just four career runs; while Ryan Moore takes the reins in preference to old partner Magical and the decision could prove significant.

The one to beat here, she ought to go close with the promise of further improvement still to come and in receipt of a hefty weight allowance from her elders.

Fledgling trainer Donnacha O'Brien saddles Nassau Stakes favourite Fancy Blue.

Fledgling trainer Donnacha O’Brien saddles Nassau Stakes favourite Fancy Blue.

ONE VOICE


Took a forward step after a win at Leopardstown last campaign, narrowly beaten in a Listed contest at Navan on her return before showing improvement to strike in a Group Three contest next time with a defeat of the smart Snow at Leopardstown.

Jessica Harrington’s charge was denied a clear run when last seen in the Kilboy Estate Stakes, meeting trouble in running before finishing fifth behind Lemista at the Curragh and she’s probably worth another chance although this represents a much tougher test of her credentials.

She’s entitled to improve, but she’ll need to as she takes on some top-class rivals and her overall form falls a bit short of a few of these rivals so may well find a couple too good for her.

NASSAU STAKES TIPS – BIG RACE VERDICT


Defending champion Dierdre has to be respected as does the ever-improving Fancy Blue; while Magic Wand is a stalwart at this level and back against her own sex can make her presence felt.

However, NAZEEF has only tasted defeat once in her career – on her debut – and she found another chunk of improvement to strike a Group One win in the recent Falmouth Stakes, beating Billesdon Brook by a neck.

That may not have been the strongest company for a Group One, but she did the job well and gave the impression that there was more in the locker to come. This step up in trip is an unknown, but the Invincible Spirit filly showed no sign of her progressing stalling last time and she can improve again to land another win.

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