Minding stars among 37 entries for stunning Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood

The £600,000 Qatar Nassau Stakes, the Group One highlight on the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Saturday, July 30, has attracted a high-class entry of 37 (up from 34 in 2015), details of which are revealed today.
Staged over just short of 10 furlongs, the Qatar Nassau Stakes is Europe’s richest race for fillies and mares, thanks to the 10-year Qatar sponsorship agreement which commenced last year.
A plethora of Group One winners feature among the 2016 entries, headed by Minding(Aidan O’Brien), who is already a dual top-level achiever this year after winning the mile British Classic, the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, and scoring over half a mile further in the other British fillies’ Classic, the Investec Oaks, at Epsom Downs where she saw off the challenge of Architecture (Hugo Palmer).
Minding is one of 12 entries for Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien, with Breeders’ Cup Turf heroine Found, recent Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes scorer Even Songand Group One Prix Marcel Boussac scorer Ballydoyle also featuring prominently. O’Brien is chasing a third Qatar Nassau Stakes success following on from Peeping Fawn (2007) and Halfway To Heaven (2008).
Two entries hail from France, both owned by Al Shaqab Racing and trained by the in-form Jean Claude Rouget. They are Qemah, successful in the mile Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 17, and Jemayel, who took the 10-furlong Group One Prix Saint-Alary at Deauville in May before suffering trouble in running when ninth in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) at Chantilly on June 19.
Harry Herbert, racing manager for Al Shaqab Racing, commented: “Qemah has come out of Royal Ascot very well.
“There have been no plans as yet about where she will run next. I suspect Jean Claude will keep her to a mile but she is in the Qatar Nassau Stakes just so we have options. A race like the Falmouth might be more likely if it does not come too soon.
“I think Jemayel would have been closer in the Prix de Diane as it was a rough race. The start did not go to plan really and then she was quite badly squeezed just as she was making a nice move. It was a satisfactory run under the circumstances.
“She may just be off the very top level but she is a Group One winner and there are not too many options for her. I would guess that she is quite a likely runner at Goodwood.”
Newmarket-based John Gosden has made the Qatar Nassau Stakes his own in recent seasons, landing the valuable prize in three of the past four years with The Fugue (2012), Winsili (2013) and Sultanina (2014).
His eight entries this year include Furia Cruzada, a multiple Grade One winner in South America who was runner-up to Usherette in the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last week, plus JourneyJazzi Top and Nathra who have been placed at Group One level. Another possible Gosden representative is Persuasive, victorious in the Listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot last week.
Other entries include Arabian Queen (David Elsworth), who became the first of only two horses to defeat the mighty Golden Horn when successful in the Juddmonte International at York last season, and Godolphin’s Very Special (Saeed bin Suroor), a dual Group Two winner in Dubai.
There are 13 Irish-trained entries in total. In addition to the dozen from Ballydoyle, Jim Bolger has entered the Godolphin-owned Lucida, runner-up in last season’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
The 2015 Qatar Nassau Stakes winner Legatissimo ended the year as the second-highest rated European-trained three-year-old filly behind Found.
There is a scratchings deadline for the Qatar Nassau Stakes on July 5, with the five-day confirmation and £40,000 supplementary entry stage following on Monday, July 25.
Entries for the three £300,000 Group Two races at the Qatar Goodwood Festival – the Qatar Lennox Stakes, the Qatar Goodwood Cup and the Qatar King George Stakes – will be unveiled tomorrow, Thursday, June 23.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival boasts £4.9 million in prize money and runs for five days from Tuesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 30.
The Qatar Nassau Stakes is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.
 
 
 
The Qatar Nassau Stakes
£600,000 total prize fund, Group 1, part of the British Champions Series. Qatar Goodwood Festival, Saturday, July 30, 1m 1f 192yds. For three-year-olds (8st 11lb) and upwards (9st 7lb) fillies and mares only. Entries closed June 21, entries revealed June 22 (39 entries), scratchings deadline July 5, five-day confirmations & £40,000 supplementary stage July 25, final declarations 10am July 28.
Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
ALICE SPRINGS (IRE)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
ARABIAN QUEEN (IRE)
4
Jeff Smith
David Elsworth
ARCHITECTURE (IRE)
3
Lael Stable
Hugo Palmer
BALLYDOYLE (IRE)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
BATEEL (IRE)
4
Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd
David Simcock
BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE
4
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
CARNACHY (IRE)
4
St Albans Bloodstock Limited
David Simcock
COOLMORE (IRE)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
DANILOVNA (IRE)
3
Bjorn Nielsen
David Lanigan
EARRING (USA)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
EVEN SONG (IRE)
3
Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
FIREGLOW
3
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston
FLUFF (IRE)
4
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
FOUND (IRE)
4
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
FURIA CRUZADA (CHI)
5
F Fantini
John Gosden
HAWKSMOOR (IRE)
3
Lael Stable
Hugo Palmer
HOW HIGH THE MOON (IRE)
3
Roisin Henry/Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
IRISH ROOKIE (IRE)
4
Ladyswood Stud
Martyn Meade
JAZZI TOP
4
Helena Springfield Ltd
John Gosden
JEMAYEL (IRE)
3
Al Shaqab Racing
Jean Claude Rouget FR
JOURNEY
4
George Strawbridge
John Gosden
LADY OF DUBAI
4
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian
LUCIDA (IRE)
4
Godolphin
Jim Bolger IRE
MINDING (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
NATHRA (IRE)
3
Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah
John Gosden
NEZWAAH
3
Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum
Roger Varian
PERSUASIVE (IRE)
3
Cheveley Park Stud
John Gosden
PRETTY PERFECT (IRE)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
PROMISING RUN (USA)
3
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
QEMAH (IRE)
3
Al Shaqab Racing
Jean Claude Rouget FR
QUEEN’S TRUST
3
Cheveley Park Stud
Sir Michael Stoute
SEVENTH HEAVEN (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
SNOW MOON
3
Lady Bamford
John Gosden
SOMEHOW (IRE)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
SPEEDY BOARDING
4
Helena Springfield Ltd
James Fanshawe
SWISS RANGE
3
Khalid Abdullah
John Gosden
THE BLACK PRINCESS (FR)
3
Robin Geffen
John Gosden
VERY SPECIAL (IRE)
4
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
WE ARE NINETY (IRE)
3
Lady Mimi Manton
Hugo Palmer
 
39 entries
13 Irish-trained
2 French-trained
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