Nassau Stakes betting and odds
Goodwood Nassau Stakes betting preview
A glorious five days at Goodwood draws to a close on Saturday with the Nassau Stakes providing the week’s final feature race, writes Mikey Mumford. The fillies’ Group One race part of the QIPCO British Champions’ Series sees seven runners head to post for a share of the £185,000 purse. Midday will look to complete a fantastic week for Sir Henry Cecil and Prince Khalid Abdulla after Frankel’s thrilling success over Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday. Snow Fairy and Misty For Me rate the main dangers for the race over 1m1f.
Crystal Capella Lightly raced filly who has won on her seasonal reappearances for the last two years. She stepped up markedly on her Haydock fourth (the third Meeznah won the Lillie Langtry yesterday) by scooping the Princess of Wales’s at Newmarket latest over 1m4f. Has a 66% strike rate on good ground and should go close again for Sir Michael Stoute.
Field Day Broke her maiden tag at the first time of asking at Newmarket and won a valuable listed fillies’ race at Ascot last year for Brian Meehan. Yet to get going in 2011 and outpaced in her first two starts this campaign and weakened in the final furlong in the Windsor Forest Stakes last time. Bit to prove on that evidence and needs to step up significantly.
Midday Top class filly who won this race in 2009 notched victory at York on her first start this year but has had to settle for a couple of second place finishes since. She was a left behind St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup on her penultimate start and was no match for Misty For Me at the Curragh latest despite being sent off 1-3 market jolly. Work to do to reverse those placing’s but will be better suited by the Goodwood track and should make a bold bid.
Principle Role Landed a listed event at Newcastle last time after a valiant effort over course and distance the time before where she just lost out at the finish. Often takes a keen hold and may force the pace but can give it a good go from the front but preference is for stable’s other runner.
Snow Fairy A well beaten fourth of five on the Coral Eclipse on her 2011 reappearance after a hugely successful 2010 campaign where only Midday had her measure prior to her dissapointing Leger defeat. A previous course and distance winner who will improve for her Sandown run with Frankie Dettori taking the mount.
Barefoot Lady A real tough sort who won an ordinary fillies’ Group 3 on her first start this campaign and has run well in defeat since despite not landing another blow. A good fifth in the 1000 Guineas and short head defeat to the useful Joviality at York next time reads well and she will fight all the way to the line; good each way claims.
Misty For Me Ballydoyle’s sole representative ran an ordinary sort of race in the Oaks this year after being comprehensively beaten in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. Picked up a couple of Group One’s in her native Ireland including last time (a sixth-length win over Midday) and rates a main danger if continuing her good form.
A hugely anticipated race where seven of the finest fillies should put on a show as Glorious Goodwood draws the curtain and Midday should be thereabouts to put the gloss on a fantastic meeting for connections. But the opposition is tough and Snow Fairy should be better for her poor Coral Eclipse display and has a chance but CRYSTAL CAPELLA can give Sir Michael Stoute another winner at Goodwood as his horses start to hit peak form. [Mikey Mumford]
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