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The Qatar Nassau Stakes

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History

Only professional historians will know why the Nassau Stakes, one of the seven fillies & mares races in the QIPCO British Champions Series, is so called (you’ll need to go back to 1840 to find out – and being Dutch may help). Horseracing aficionados, however, will be well aware of the Group 1 race’s more recent history. The key elements? A chestnut mare called Midday, a jockey called Tom Queally and a trainer called Sir Henry Cecil.

That combination won in 2009, then returned for an action replay in 2010 and completed the hat-trick in 2011 – the first time a mare has triumphed in the race on three occasions. Two other horses – Roussalka in 1975-6 and Ruby Tiger in 1991-2 – have recorded Nassau Stakes doubles. Meanwhile owner Prince Khalid Abdulla has won the race four times in the last five years following Winsili’s victory in 2013 while John Gosden has now won it three times in a row.

The Nassau Stakes, open to fillies and mares aged three years or older, is the feature race on the final day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting.

Current leading jockey: Kieren Fallon, 3 wins (2002, 2003, 2004); Tom Queally, 3 wins (2009, 2010, 2011)
Current leading trainer:  Sir Michael Stoute, 6 wins (1984, 1990, 1994, 2002-4)

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Fancy Blue secures first UK Group 1 for Donnacha O'Brien

French Classic heroine Fancy Blue was all guts as she stuck on well to claim the Qatar Nassau Stakes in a pulsating finish on day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

The victory was made all the more noteworthy by being young trainer Donnacha O’Brien’s first Group 1 win in the UK as a trainer.

The betting market pre-race had spoken for another Coolmore inmate, Magic Wand, who had been heavily backed into favouritism throughout the day.

Magic Wand was sent for the lead straight from the gates under Frankie Dettori, setting an even gallop all the way into the home straight.

Frankie then began to push on the favourite, kicking a length-and-a-half clear three furlongs out. She wasn’t out on her own for long however as her rivals closed up quickly on the leader, causing the field to bunch.

Heading into the final furlong Fancy Blue poked her head in front and Ryan Moore began to assert a lead. Magic Wand’s efforts began to weaken and it was clear the dangers would be coming from the back of the pack.

Deirdre and Nazeef, well-fancied in the run up to the race, never managed to land a blow. It was 20/1 outsider One Voice under in-form rider Tom Marquand who came the challenge late.

The duo arriving with a  powerful looking charge on the run to the line;  but they only managed to get within a neck of the eventual winner who always appeared to be doing enough in the closing stages.

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The Course

You may not have visited this racecourse, just north of Chichester in West Sussex, but you’ll surely have heard of ‘Glorious Goodwood’, the venue’s five-day summer festival.

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The festival forms a central part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, featuring three contrasting races at the end of July – the Qatar Sussex Stakes for Europe’s top milers, the Qatar Goodwood Cup for long-distance ‘stayers’ and the Qatar Nassau Stakes for a select field of fillies.

Horseracing began at Goodwood in 1802, courtesy of the third Duke of Richmond. Not that he was a huge fan. His main aim was to keep the officers of the Sussex Militia entertained.

Today’s course has a complex layout, with a six-furlong straight feeding into a tight right-handed loop catering for longer-distance races. The venue is overlooked by Trundle Iron Age hill fort, acting as an informal grandstand and offering fine views across the whole course.

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Goodwood,
Chichester
PO18 0PS

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