Nassau Stakes tips and runner-by-runner guide to Thursday’s 3.35 at Glorious Goodwood

The final Group 1 of the week.

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Nashwa faces eight rivals in the Nassau Stakes as the Prix de Diane winner bids for successive Group 1 victories.

Paddy Power’s betting suggests the principal threats in Thursday’s 3.35pm at Goodwood are Group 2 scorer Lilac Road and Prix d’Ispahan heroine Dreamloper.

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The Nassau Stakes is the last Group 1 contest of Glorious Goodwood and there’s plenty to play for with £340,260 on offer to winning connections.

You can find our snazzy guide to the Nassau Stakes runner plus tips from Paddy Power’s horse racing experts below. The latest prices can be found on the Paddy Power website or via our snazzy widgets below.

Nassau Stakes runners

Aristia

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Sean Levey Age: 4 Weight: 9st 9lbs

York listed winner last season. Raised her game a little again when ½-length second of 6 to Lilac Road in Middleton Stakes back there on reappearance, though very much had the run of things. Down the field at listed level at Royal Ascot since and looks up against it.

Dreamloper

Trainer: Ed Walker Jockey: Kieran Shoemark Age: 5 Weight: 9st 9lbs

Free-going mare who looked better than ever when winning first 2 starts this season, namely Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket and Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp (9.2f). Pulled too hard when stepped up to 10f in Pretty Polly at the Curragh next time so this trip a slight concern.

Lilac Road

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 4 Weight: 9st 9lbs

Off the mark at listed level at Salisbury last summer and backed it up with excellent second to Ville de Grace in the Pride Stakes at Newmarket on final 3-y-o outing. Only fifth in Dahlia there on return but left that well behind to win York Group 2 from Aristia, overcoming pace bias. Worth a shot.

Ville De Grace

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Richard Kingscote Age: 4 Weight: 9st 9lbs

Career best when holding off Lilac Road in 15-runner Pride Stakes at Newmarket on final 3-y-o outing and only just edged out by Dreamloper in Dahlia Stakes there on return. Might have found Middleton Stakes at York coming too soon and has been freshened up since. Not taken lightly.

Concert Hall

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 3 Weight: 9st 0lbs

Narrow winner of listed race at Navan on return and has acquitted herself well to hit the frame at the highest level since, fourth in Belmont Oaks latest. Should give another good account but likely to find a couple too good again. Headgear applied.

Fonteyn

Trainer: Kevin Ryan Jockey: Andrea Atzeni Age: 3 Weight: 9st 0lbs

Progressive filly who built on encouraging return when narrow winner of listed event at York in May. Runner-up has boosted the form but taking a big step up in class and trip is a concern given her free-going tendencies.

Nashwa

Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 3 Weight: 9st 0lbs

Bolted up in a Haydock novice on return. Took another big step forward when following up in a listed event at Newbury in impressive fashion before good third in Oaks at Epsom. Suited by drop back in trip when narrow winner of Prix de Diane at Chantilly and this race looks ideal for her.

One For Bobby

Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 3 Weight: 9st 0lbs

Looked a good prospect when winning first 2 starts before disappointed in Naas listed event. Quickly back on track when third in Group 2 at the Curragh 11 days ago, running on well from the rear. Plenty to find on form upped in class again but could outrun odds with Dettori booked.

Rogue Millennium

Trainer: Tom Clover Jockey: Jack Mitchell Age: 3 Weight: 9st 0lbs

Won first 2 starts, notably Lingfield Oaks Trial in May. Ran well in defeat both starts since, namely when 7 lengths seventh of 11 in Oaks at Epsom and length second in Group 3 at Newcastle (10.2f). Bit to find back at this level, though.

Nassau Stakes tips

Matt Chapman: Impossible to oppose NASHWA even if the three-year-old Classic fillies have something to prove. John and Thady Gosden’s Oaks third was brilliant in the French equivalent and really should be good enough to dispose of these under Hollie Doyle.

Rory Delargy: Nassau favourite Nashwa is opposable, as it will be a third quick run after the Oaks and the Prix de Diane, and John Gosden’s Star of Seville flopped in this race having followed the same path a few years ago. LILAC ROAD is preferred having come from off a false pace when winning the Middleton Stakes at York in May. Fonteyn is also worth considering at 40/1 or bigger after beating a subsequent Listed winner at York.

Frank Hickey: Nashwa sets the standard but she did make hard work of it in the Prix de Diane so I’d be wanting to take her on at the prices. I don’t really rate the Oaks form that highly, either. I’d take a chance on VILLE DE GRACE each way. She won a Listed race at Yarmouth on his first start over this distance last September. She followed up with a Group 3 at Newmarket where she beat Lilac Road before being beaten by a nose by Dreamloper and was far too keen at York last time.

Timeform: NASHWA found the Oaks trip stretching her stamina when third at Epsom but she quickly resumed winning ways dropped back to 10f in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly, the first 2 pulling clear of the rest. This test looks ideal for this classy filly and she’s taken to get the better of her elders Ville de Grace, Lilac Road and Dreamloper.

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