Qatar Nassau Stakes

Betfred Horse Racing

Group 1, Goodwood 15:35
£600,000 added,
Fillies & Mares, 3yo plus,
1m 1f 192y, Class 1
  
Thursday 3rd August 2017

23 fillies go forward for the £600,000 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes for fillies and mares over nearly 10 furlongs on Thursday, August 3. 

Winter
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Winter

Aidan O'Brien has left in triple G1-winning filly Winter, victorious in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes so far this season and Irish 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes third Hydrangea.

The entries also include last year's runner-up and subsequent Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Queen's Trust (Sir Michael Stoute) and Nezwaah (Roger Varian), who captured the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on July 2, when she defeated Rain Goddess (Aidan O'Brien) and Turret Rocks (Jim Bolger). 

Aim To Please
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Aim To Please
An intriguing contender is Aim To Please (Karl Burke). The four-year-old daughter of Excellent Art has yet to start for Yorkshire-based Burke, having been sold to her current owner John Dance for £340,000 at the Goffs London Sale on June 19. 
 
A three-time winner in France for her former trainer Francois Doumen, including at G3 level, Aim To Please made her last appearance for Doumen when a staying-on fifth, beaten just under four lengths, behind Qemah in the G2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot on June 21.
 
Burke said: "We are keeping an eye on the weather, as ideally she needs a bit of cut in the ground, but we are looking at the Qatar Nassau Stakes for Aim To Please.
 
"She was a bit tired after the long journey and her race in the heat at Royal Ascot, so we haven't done a lot with her since she joined us. 
 
"She is cantering away now and I am very happy with her - she is a lovely filly.
 
"Without knowing a lot about Aim To Please, I thought it was a very good run at Royal Ascot. I watched the race with interest and I know P J (McDonald, jockey) was very happy,
 
"The mile and a quarter at Goodwood should suit her and the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville could be an option after the Nassau. 
 
"If she didn't go to Goodwood, we could look at a Listed race for her next, but we are anticipating that Winter might frighten off some of the opposition in the Nassau and it would be well worth having a crack at a Group One with her."
 
Newmarket handler John Gosden has a great recent record in the Qatar Nassau Stakes, having sent out three of the last five winners. His two remaining entries are So Mi Dar, winner of four of her five starts, but yet to start in 2017, and Prix de Diane fourth Shutter Speed.

Qatar Nassau Stakes
(British Champions Series)
£600,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 1f 192y, Class 1
23 remaining entries
Six-day confirmations and £40,000 supplementary entry stage July 28. Final declarations 10am Tuesday, August 1.

HORSE
Age
Weight
Owner
Trainer
ABINGDON (USA)
4
9-07
Ballymacoll Stud
Sir Michael Stoute  
ABSOLUTE BLAST (IRE)
5
9-07
K Sohi
Archie Watson  
AIM TO PLEASE (FR)
4
9-07
John Dance
Karl Burke  
ALLURINGLY (USA)
3
8-13
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
ARABIAN HOPE (USA)
3
8-13
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
BLOND ME (IRE)
5
9-07
Barbara M Keller
Andrew Balding  
CREGGS PIPES (IRE)
5
9-07
Delphi Six Syndicate
Andrew Slattery IRE
HYDRANGEA (IRE)
3
8-13
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
INTRICATELY (IRE)
3
8-13
Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez
Joseph O'Brien IRE
LAGANORE (IRE)
5
9-07
Newtown Anner Stud Farm
Tony Martin IRE
NEZWAAH
4
9-07
Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
POCKETFULL-OFDREAMS (FR)
3
8-13
Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier/Derrick Smith/M Jooste
Aidan O'Brien IRE
QUEEN'S TRUST
4
9-07
Cheveley Park Stud
Sir Michael Stoute  
RAIN GODDESS (IRE)
3
8-13
Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SEA OF GRACE (IRE)
3
8-13
Sunderland Holding Inc
William Haggas  
SHUTTER SPEED
3
8-13
Khalid Abdullah
John Gosden  
SMART CALL (SAF)
6
9-07
Miss Jessica Slack
Sir Michael Stoute  
SO MI DAR
4
9-07
Lord Lloyd-Webber
John Gosden  
SOBETSU
3
8-13
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
TURRET ROCKS (IRE)
4
9-07
Mrs June Judd
Jim Bolger IRE
WAJNAH (FR)
3
8-13
Al Shaqab Racing
Francois Rohaut FR
WINTER (IRE)
3
8-13
Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
WUHEIDA
3
8-13
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby

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