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Misty For Me, Midday & Snow Fairy Head 13 Going Forward in Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes

Goodwood hosts some outstanding Pattern race action on Saturday with 13 of the best fillies and mares in training going forward for the £185,000 Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (3.10pm), the fifth Filly & Mare race of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

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Midday has made the race her own over the past two years and the Sir Henry Cecil-trained five-year-old is bidding to become the first ever three-time winner of the prestigious near 10-furlong contest.

She is set to face another top-class field once again with Misty For Me, a four-time Group One winner for Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, on course to represent the Classic generation alongside another Irish raider, the Jim Bolger-trained Banimpire, who was beaten a short-head in the Irish Oaks on her latest start.

The Ed Dunlop-trained Snow Fairy triumphed in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood last year before going on four victories at the highest level, including a pair of Oaks successes, while Crystal Capella, from the stable of Sir Michael Stoute, romped to an eight-length win over the colts in a Group Two contest at Newmarket on July 7.

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor could run Antara or Sajjhaa, while other notable contenders include Midday’s stable companion Principal Role, the Richard Fahey-trained Barefoot Lady, who took third in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the Brian Meehan-trained pair of Field Day and Theyskens’ Theory.

For the first time this year, Saturday’s card commences with the consolation race for horses that fail to make the final field of 28 for the Blue Square Stewards’ Cup, the £30,000 Stewards' Sprint Handicap (2.05pm), providing a fantastic double-header of sprint handicap action.

Further competitive action is provided by the £40,000 Toyo Tires Summer Handicap (2.35pm) over a mile and six furlongs, which has attracted an entry of 36 including the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Verdant, who landed a valuable mile and a half handicap at Glorious Goodwood last year.

Paul Nicholls and Sir Alex Ferguson may be represented in the £17,500 Overtones EBF ‘Schiaparelli’ Maiden (4.20pm) as the champion jump trainer and Manchester United manager part-own the Richard Hannon-trained Eurystheus, one of 30 entries for the seven-furlong contest.

A seven-race card is completed by the six-furlong £15,000 Best Western Horses Help Heroes Nursery Handicap (4.55pm), which has 31 entries, and the £15,000 Telegraph Apprentice Handicap (5.35pm) over nine furlongs, for which 41 horses have been entered.



The going at Goodwood is now Good.

Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, reported today: “We have had a dry day at Goodwood and the going is now Good (from Good, Good to Soft in places) with a GoingStick reading of 8.0.

“There is the chance of a passing shower tonight or early tomorrow morning but that should not make any material difference.

“We will be starting Glorious Goodwood 2011 with good ground and that is just what we want. The course is looking in fantastic shape with an excellent covering of grass.”

Glorious Goodwood takes place over five days, from Tuesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 30 inclusive.

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