Qatar Nassau Stakes – Racing Tips’ 1-2-3

Qatar Nassau Stakes – Thursday 28th July 

The feature contest on day 3 of the Goodwood Festival is the Qatar Nassau Stakes and here at Racing Tips, we have provided our 1-2-3 for the Group 1 contest which you can check out below.

1. Nashwa 8/11

Although far from convincing in the Prix de Diane on her latest start over run Chantilly, it’s difficult to bet against NASHWA in Thursday’s feature Group 1 contest. 

John & Thady Gosden’s filly has seemingly gone from strength to strength this season and certainly confirmed her potential when thumping her eight rivals in a Haydock novice over a mile back in April. A Listed winner at Newbury on her following start, she was far from disgraced when only finding stablemate Emily Upjohn and Aidan O’Brien’s Tuesday too good in the Oaks and was perhaps stretched by the step up twelve furlongs on that occasion. 

Resuming winning ways at Group 1 level last time out in France, Nashwa showed a tenacious attitude to see off her nearest rival that day and while she ultimately prevailed by just a short head at the line, she was poorly drawn on that occasion and the pair pulled well clear of the remainder. Returning to British soil on Thursday, Nashwa should take plenty of beating once more and a second Group 1 victory looks very much on the cards.

Nashwa is the headline act on day 3 of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

2. Ville De Grace 12/1

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Sir Michael Stoute’s VILLE DE GRACE turns out to be Nashwa’s biggest threat on Thursday afternoon. The daughter of Le Havre enjoyed a productive campaign last season for connections and certainly improved for stepping up in trip towards the end of the season. 

A creditable third behind subsequent Group 1 winner Saffron Beach in the Atalanta Stakes over a mile at Sandown last August, Ville De Grace returned to winning ways with a dominant performance when landing the Listed John Musker Fillies’ Stakes at Yarmouth on her first start over ten furlongs, staying on powerfully in the final furlong to win by three widening lengths. Pitched back into pattern class company on her final outing at three, Sir Michael Stoute’s filly produced a career-best effort to see off the challenge of William Haggas’ Lilac Road in the Group 3 Pride Stakes at Newmarket in October. 

Narrowly defeated on her seasonal return by Dreamloper in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes, it was certainly disappointing to see Ville De Grace fail to make an impact at York on her following start behind former adversary Lilac Road, however, that below-par effort came just eleven days after her encouraging reappearance and a line can be perhaps drawn through her most recent outing. Freshened up since connections will be confident of a better performance from Ville De Grace in Thursday’s feature contest and although she is yet to tackle Group 1 opposition, she is clearly a filly with plenty of ability on her day and a bold bid from Sir Michael Stoute’s runner looks assured. 

Ville De Grace can run another solid race on Thursday afternoon.

3. Lilac Road 6/1

LILAC ROAD was well beaten on her only previous start at Group 1 level, however, that run came as a juvenile a couple of seasons ago and William Haggas’ filly has improved plenty since then. 

A two-time winner last season at three, she rounded off her campaign with two notable performances. Leading in the shadows of the post, she was a cosy winner of the Listed Upavon Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury last August before going on to run a mighty race behind Ville De Grace in the Group 2 Pride Stakes at Newmarket the following month. 

Well behind Sir Michael Stoute’s filly when finishing fifth of six in the Dahlia Stakes on her seasonal reappearance in May, the four-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman left that effort firmly behind and gained her revenge by registering her fourth career victory when quickening up well to land the Middleton Fillies’ Stakes at York.

Evidently held in high regard, trainer William Haggas will be confident his filly can take another sizeable step forward following her latest success and she certainly looks capable of playing a key role in the finish on Thursday afternoon. 

Lilac Road was impressive when last seen at York.