Seville set for Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood

Classic winners from each of the last three seasons feature among 34 top quality entries for the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes, which takes place on the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Saturday, August 1.

The showpiece for fillies and mares aged three and above boasts a guaranteed prize fund of £600,000, triple last year’s total of £200,000, thanks to Qatar’s sponsorship.

Newmarket trainer John Gosden has engaged four fillies as he bids for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the race over nearly 10 furlongs, following on from The Fugue, Winsili and Sultanina.

The quartet is headed by Star Of Seville who bounced back from a disappointing ninth in the Investec Oaks, Britain’s premier fillies’ Classic at Epsom Downs on June 5, to take the French equivalent, the Prix de Diane, by a length at Chantilly on June 14.

Lady Bamford’s homebred enjoyed an excellent start to the season, annexing a conditions race at Newbury before success in the Group Three Musidora Stakes at York on May 13.

Hugo Lascelles, racing manager for Lady Bamford, said: “Star Of Seville has taken her trip to France very well.

“It was an outstanding decision by John Gosden to run her and she was brilliantly ridden by Frankie (Dettori). He walked us around the track and said to us ‘this is where I’ll be’ and he was right.

“We always thought she was a mile and a quarter filly but once you win the Musidora Stakes you are entitled to take your chance in the English Oaks. I expect that if she hadn’t got bumped and had more of race at Epsom, she would not have gone to France.

“She hasn’t done anything since but we have given her an entry in the Nassau Stakes and it looks the logical thing to do.”

Other Classic heroines of this year among the entries are QIPCO 1,000 Guineas scorer Legatissimo (David Wachman IRE), Investec Oaks winner Qualify (Aidan O’Brien IRE) and Irish 1,000 Guineas victor Pleascach (Jim Bolger IRE).

Avenir Certain captured two Classics in France last season for trainer Jean Claude-Rouget, while Just The Judge (Charlie Hills) notched up the first of her two Group One triumphs in the 2013 Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Sir Michael Stoute is the most successful current handler in the Qatar Nassau Stakes with seven victories and has entered dual Group One scorer Integral alongside facile Newbury winner Crystal Zvezda, who disappointed in the Oaks.

Aidan O’Brien accounts for seven of the 12 Irish-trained contenders. His entries are headed by Qualify, last year’s Fillies’ Mile winner Together Forever and unbeaten Group Three winner Words.

Other notables from Ireland include Curvy (David Wachman), who completed a four-timer in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last week, while Dermot Weld has entered two fillies headed by the unbeaten Brooch, who was the easy winner of the Group Two Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh on May 23 – her only start of 2015.

The four French hopefuls, as well as Avenir Certain, include the progressive Physiocrate (Henri Francois Devin FR) who justified being supplemented for the Prix de Diane by finishing second. Freddy Head has entered last year’s Group One Prix de l’Opera scorer We Are, while Alain de Royer-Dupre could run Group Two winner Cladocera.

Goodwood Racecourse was delighted to announce in December, 2014, a new 10-year partnership with Qatar, which is the single biggest sponsorship deal ever done for the benefit of British racing.

Commencing in 2015, this makes the Qatar Goodwood Festival one of the most significant and valuable meetings in the world. The highlight, the Qatar Sussex Stakes, is worth £1 million.

The Qatar Goodwood Festival runs for five days from Tuesday, July 28 to Saturday, August 1.

For further information, please contact
Lucy Humble, Head of PR – Group
T: 01243 755 000
M: 07854 349 367

The Qatar Nassau Stakes
Group 1, £600,000 total prize fund. 1m 1f 192y, Qatar Goodwood Festival Saturday, August 1. For three-year-old and upwards, fillies and mares only. Weights: three-year-olds 8st 12lb, four-year-olds and up 9st 7lb. Entries closed June 23, entries revealed June 24 (34 entries), scratchings deadline July 7, six-day confirmation & £40,000 supplementary stage July 27, final declarations 10am, July 30.

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ARABIAN QUEEN (IRE) 3 Jeff Smith David Elsworth
AVENIR CERTAIN (FR) 4 A Caro/Gerard Augustin-Normand Jean Claude Rouget FR
BRIGHT APPROACH (IRE) 4 Saeed Manana John Gosden
BROOCH (USA) 4 Khalid Abdullah Dermot Weld IRE
CARLA BIANCA (IRE) 4 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
CLADOCERA (GER) 4 Haras de la Perelle Alain de Royer Dupre FR
CRYSTAL ZVEZDA 3 Sir Evelyn De Rothschild Sir Michael Stoute
CURVY 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith David Wachman IRE
DIAMONDSANDRUBIES (IRE) 3 Roisin Henry/Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
EASTER (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
GOODYEARFORROSES (IRE) 3 The Hornets Rae Guest
INTEGRAL 5 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
IRISH ROOKIE (IRE) 3 Rick Barnes Martyn Meade
JAZZI TOP 3 Helena Springfield Ltd John Gosden
JUST THE JUDGE (IRE) 5 Qatar Racing Limited & China Horse Club Charles Hills
LADY OF DUBAI 3 Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Luca Cumani
LEGATISSIMO (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
MADAME CHIANG 4 Kirsten Rausing David Simcock
MALABAR 3 Jon and Julia Aisbitt Mick Channon
MUTATIS MUTANDIS (IRE) 4 Chasemore Farm Ed Walker
OUTSTANDING (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
PAMONA (IRE) 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Albany) Luca Cumani
PHYSIOCRATE (FR) 3 Mrs H Devin Henri Francois Devin FR
PLEASCACH (IRE) 3 Godolphin Jim Bolger IRE
QUALIFY (IRE) 3 Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez Aidan O’Brien IRE
RIBBONS 5 Elite Racing Club James Fanshawe
SECRET GESTURE 5 Qatar Racing Ltd & Newsells Park Stud Ralph Beckett
STAR OF SEVILLE 3 Lady Bamford John Gosden
TALMADA (USA) 4 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Roger Varian
TOGETHER FOREVER (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
WE ARE (IRE) 4 George Strawbridge Freddy Head FR
WEDDING VOW (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
WORDS (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
YASMEEN 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden

34 entries
12 Irish-trained
4 French-trained

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