Nassau Stakes Preview

By Samantha


The fillies get their first chance if the week to shine in the feature race on today’s card at Goodwood in the Nassau Stakes. Previously, it has been won by Ouija Board, Midday a whopping three times, Minding and Winter. The race is usually won by favourites or runners at the top of the market and only one horse in two figure odds has won this race since 2000. This year’s renewal has attracted some good fillies.

Billesdon Brook was a shock winner of the 1000 Guineas this year when scoring by one and three quarter lengths to multiple Group One winner Laurens. She had Wild Illusion back in fourth and that filly was the favourite for the race. Last time out, she failed to quicken and catch Alpha Centauri in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She was one and three quarter lengths behind Veracious in third on that occasion. The Hannon filly is a dual course winner here over seven furlongs on good and soft ground so she won’t have a an issue with the going today. She is stepping up in trip but I think she’ll enjoy it and is a great price at about 8/1.

Veracious and Wild Illusion are the other two three year olds in the line-up. Frankie Dettori comes back off his ban to ride this filly and seemed confident of her chances on ITV yesterday. She was having her seasonal debut when finishing in front of Billesdon Brook and will come on from that run. Wild Illusion was fourth in the 1000 Guineas behind Billesdon Brook and then was second in the Oaks and the Ribblesdale. She may not be up to this level and be capable of landing this race after being the bridesmaid in lots of group ones this season.

Aidan O’Brien is yet to have a winner this week and is represented by Rhododendron in this. She won the Lockinge in May but there is no worry about whether she will stay as she has won the Prix de L’Opera in France which is over 1m2f. She really disappointed in the opening contest of Royal Ascot when getting a dream passage and just not firing last time out so she needs to bounce back from that.

Urban Fox beat Aidan O’Brien’s Oaks winner Forever Together convincingly when landing the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes for trainer-jockey combination of William Haggas and Daniel Tudhope, who rides her again today. She is a definite contender.

Willamina is the likely outsider of this race. Her biggest win of the season was landing a fillies Group Three at the Epsom Derby meeting. She was third in the Duke Of Cambridge beating Urban Fox by three quarters of a length but I can see the other filly reversing the form as she is already proven in this grade.

Selection- Billesdon Brook (Will like the trip and conditions, course form a huge plus, will be thereabouts)

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