Runner-by-runner guide to the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday

Thu 3 Aug 2017

By Oliver Brett

1 BLOND ME

Trainer: Andrew Balding

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

General odds: 14-1

Unraced since mid-May so there's a fitness doubt though that race was a win in York's Middleton Stakes, a key pointer to this. The only five-year-old in the race and also the only one in field with a course win here. Stable on a high after Sussex Stakes triumph on Wednesday.

2 NEZWAAH - non-runner

3 QUEEN'S TRUST

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute (7 Nassau wins: Triple First - 1977, Optimistic Lass - 1984, Kartajana - 1990, Hawajiss - 1994, Islington - 2002, Russian Rhythm - 2003, Favourable Terms - 2004)

Jockey: Jim Crowley

General odds: 6-1

Considering she has never won in eight runs on an English turf course, this four-year-old daughter of Dansili retains plenty of admirers. She did get to within a length of Minding last year (good to firm) and a replication of that form might be good enough if others fail to hit the high notes, but ground conditions no help to her.

4 SO MI DAR

Trainer: John Gosden (4 Nassau wins: Ryafan - 1997, The Fugue - 2012, Winsili - 2013, Sultanina - 2014)

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

General odds: 7-2

Even by John Gosden's standards it would take an extraordinary training performance for this filly to win a deep Group One on the back of a 305-day absence. Her best performance was a cosy Musidora success but that was way back in May last year and most of the fillies she beat that day have failed to pull up any trees since.

5 HYDRANGEA

Trainer: Aidan O'Brien (3 Nassau wins: Peeping Fawn - 2007, Halfway To Heaven - 2008, Minding - 2016)

Jockey: Seamie Heffernan

General odds: 12-1

Has finished 10th, third and third behind Winter in last three runs (all Group Ones) and may even be ridden simply as a pacemaker for her much more highly rated stable companion, especially with no Coolmore third string in the line-up. Not as good as her two-year-old form hinted at.

6 SHUTTER SPEED - non-runner

7 SOBETSU

Trainer: Charlie Appleby

Jockey: James Doyle

General odds: 6-1

Looked a really smart filly when landing the Group One Prix Saint-Alary on soft ground in May and the step-up to a mile and a half on good ground resulted in a disappointing eighth of nine in the Oaks. Back to what is undoubtedly her ideal trip, she is no back number with the going back in her favour and her trainer in such good form.

8 WINTER

Trainer: Aidan O'Brien (3 Nassau wins: Peeping Fawn - 2007, Halfway To Heaven - 2008, Minding - 2016)

Jockey: Ryan Moore

General odds: 7-4

Has there ever been a season with two three-year-old fillies who have impressed as much (at this stage) as Enable and Winter? One day, hopefully, they will clash on a racecourse but the Nassau Stakes could be a fourth Group 1 this summer for Winter. The only doubt is the trip with her breeding on the dam side not entirely supportive of stamina.

9 WUHEIDA - non-runner

Conclusion: WINTER is clearly a very classy dual Guineas winner who, being a Galileo, is entitled to stay the extra two furlongs. If she does, she will be very hard to pass. Her task has been made easier by Shutter Speed, Nezwaah and Wuheida all being withdrawn because of the softening ground on Wednesday.

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