The characteristic fillies and mares’ race at Wonderful Goodwood, the Nassau Stakes, seemingly has the way in which clear for Nashwa as bookmakers now have her odds-on for victory in 1m 2f Group 1 race on Thursday, 28 July.
John and Thady’s Gosden’s three-year-old shortened within the ante put up betting after it was revealed Irish-based La Petite Coco wouldn’t take up her early closing entry. Nashwa, the winner of the Prix de Diane in France, additionally appears prone to be saved other than steady companion Inspiral for now as properly.
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Goodwood defections depart bookies with no possibility however to slash Nashwa
Inspiral, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, has one other goal in August on her agenda. Their managing director, Chris Richardson, instructed the Racing Submit she had been “freshened up” since a shock Falmouth Stakes defeat at odds-on earlier this month.
“We haven’t finalised plans however the Jacques Le Marois [at Deauville on August 14] is into account,” Richardson mentioned. “We needed to provide her a very good 4 or five-week break, so it slots in properly.”
The upshot of Inspiral’s absence is a a lot weaker renewal of the Nassau Stakes on paper. With Paddy Twomey readying La Petite Coco for a step again up in journey following her Fairly Polly Stakes heroics at dwelling in Eire, it leaves Nashwa because the clear standout filly within the race and eight/11 with bet365 to follow-up.
Along with her two major market rivals out of Wonderful Goodwood, prime betting websites can solely minimize her odds. Nashwa will get 9lb weight for age from the older fillies and mares within the Nassau Stakes, placing race phrases totally in her favour. The Prix de l’Opera again in France this autumn on Arc day at Longchamp can also be on her agenda.
Watch Nashwa win the Prix de Diane earlier this month
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Evaluation: Nassau Stakes journey clearly finest for Nashwa
SportsLens Horse Racing Editor Jamie Clark
I hoped Cheveley Park Stud and the Gosdens would step Inspiral up journey, in order that left me scrambling to money out my ante put up punt on her! Fillies and mares swerving one of many premier Goodwood races at the moment in favour of different targets is nothing new.
Connections of Alcohol Free had been daring 12 months in the past and ran within the Sussex Stakes in opposition to the boys. That paid off, however these Nassau Stakes defections detract from subsequent Thursday’s massive Flat race as a spectacle. Nashwa excelled throughout the Channel when dropping again down in distance after not staying in The Oaks for the Prix de Diane.
Hollie Doyle gave her a really well-judged trip at Chantilly. Nashwa, rated 112, discovered lots for stress from the short-neck runner-up, they usually pulled over 4 lengths away from the rest. Given the beneficiant weight for age phrases, there could be should be an older filly or mare within the Nassau Stakes line-up on a mark of 120+ to hassle her.
There isn’t with Inspiral (121) off to France and fellow three-year-old Tuesday not sure to run both. The latter is formally 5lb higher with the handicapper, however didn’t run something like 117 when a beneath par fourth getting weight all-round within the Irish Derby. Epsom Oaks heroine Tuesday has additionally had a whole lot of laborious races throughout the first half of the season too.
My Astra, one in every of two William Haggas fillies within the race and runner-up to La Petite Coco final outing, would be the solely hazard. You’ll be able to’t blame bookies for shortening Nashwa for the Nassau Stakes when main opposition is minded to go elsewhere. This isn’t what race organisers of the Wonderful assembly, or Qatar Goodwood Competition for sponsorship causes, had been hoping for!