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Nazeef, Deirdre and Magic Wand among entries for Nassau Stakes

Fri 24 Jul 2020

John Gosden’s Nazeef heads eight entries for the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Nazeef will arrive in Sussex on the back of a six-race winning streak if she runs on Thursday next week, having made the breakthrough at Group One level last time out in the Falmouth Stakes.

She will be stepping up in trip to 10 furlongs for the first time – while there was no sign of stablemate Fanny Logan among the entries.

In the same Hamdan Al Maktoum ownership as Nazeef is Jean-Claude Rouget’s promising Tawkeel.

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She is unbeaten in four and turned the Prix Saint Alary last time out into a procession.

Last year’s winner Deirdre is set to represent Japanese interest. She caused a huge stir when successful 12 months ago but has been without a win since.

Fancy Blue, winner of the Prix de Diane for Donnacha O’Brien, is another high-class entrant – while his father Aidan could run the consistent Magic Wand.

A further entry from Ireland is Jessica Harrington’s One Voice – with Sir Michael Stoute’s Queen Power and Amanda Perrett’s Lavender’s Blue also in contention.

English King may bid to bounce back from his Derby defeat in the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.

The Camelot colt shot to prominence for the premier Classic with a brilliant victory in the Lingfield Derby Trial in June – and the booking of Frankie Dettori for Epsom only added to pre-race expectations.

However, Ed Walker’s charge ultimately failed to land a telling blow on the Downs – making late gains to finish a never-nearer fifth behind the front-running Serpentine.

Should English King head to Goodwood next Thursday, he could renew rivalry with Epsom runner-up Khalifa Sat among others.

The mile-and-a-half Group Three appears a logical target for Andrew Balding’s colt, considering he is unbeaten in two previous visits to the Sussex venue.

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for six of the 14 initial entries – with Derby sixth Mogul, the progressive Delphi and Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth among his squad.

Other contenders for what could be a fascinating affair include the William Haggas-trained Bahrain Trophy winner Al Aasy and Mark Johnston’s recent Hamilton scorer Subjectivist.

Ten juveniles are in the mix for the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes – with the standard set by Yazaman, who has finished second to the Queen’s Tactical in both the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and the July Stakes at Newmarket on his last couple of starts.

Johnston’s Qaader was second in the Coventry Stakes at the Royal meeting before finishing a couple of places behind Yazaman on the July Course earlier in the month. The Middleham maestro also has Army Of India and Thunder Of Niagara in contention.

Roger Teal’s dual winner Gussy Mac and O’Brien’s pair of Admiral Nelson and Swiss Ace also feature.

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