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It looked like Mehdaayih was going to keep John Gosden and Frankie Dettori on the crest of a wave in the closing stages of the 2019 Qatar Nassau Stakes.
The trainer/jockey combination had won significant prizes with Enable, Stradivarius and Too Darn Hot in the previous days and Mehdaayih did her best to keep the sequence going, only to be collared by Japanese raider Deidre late in the scene after making much of the running.
“The race went great even though I didn’t think we would make the running. Mehdaayih broke well – unlike her – and I noticed that Frankie [Dettori] and Ryan [Moore on Hermosa] were up there wanting to control the race and they went a bit hard for the first furlong,” John Gosden, her trainer, said.
“Mehdaayih has run a blinder and looked like she had got it won, but Deirdre slipped up the inside rail. It is a fantastic result for racing. I think to bring Deirdre over here from Japan and win a Group One like this, at a great festival, it is fantastic for international racing and for Japanese racing. If we were going to be beaten, I am delighted to be beaten by the Japanese.”
Mehdaayih has yet to win in five subsequent races, although they too have all been at Group 1 level.
She has been a runner on Champions Day for the past two years, finishing fourth in the Fillies & Mare Stakes in 2020.