Glorious Goodwood. Richmond Stakes & Nassau Stakes Preview. (Day 3)
3.00 Qatar Richmond Stakes 6f (Group 2)
An extremely competitive renewal of the Richmond Stakes as is the case for many races at Goodwood and it’s headed by Headway following his close up defeat in the Coventry at Royal Ascot to Rajasinghe. He’s clearly a major contender on that form and is trading at a general 11/4 to go one better this time here.
Just behind him in the market is a horse i’ve become a huge fan of throughout the summer and that’s Cardsharp for Mark Johnston. I tipped him up at big odds when he won the July Stakes at Newmarket and following that win he’s not so big here trading at a general 7/2. However I will be siding with him again, he looked to of reached his peak at Newmarket and despite getting excited at the start he was as tough as anything from the front and saw off all challengers. He’s had a long hard season already but Mark Johnston’s horses just seem to go on and on and at a track he does so well at, he might just be hard to peg back again.
The one I quite like here is an each way chance is Nebo for Charles Hills. He was just pegged back by the impressive Gustav Klimt in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and still looks fairly unexposed and certainly looks open to a lot of progression. He’s trading at a general 7/1 for this which looks a very backable price. Champion jockey Jim Crowley is also said to be on board.
Selections: Cardsharp 7/2 – Nebo 7/1 E/W
3.35 Qatar Nassau Stakes 1m 2f (Group 1)
The feature race of Day 3 and in my opinion the race of the meeting in the Nassau Stakes. An absolutely fantastic renewal with some real great fillies on show. It’s headed by the filly at the top of the list of the current crop and that’s Winter for Aiden O’Brien. She has took everything that’s in her way this term and you’d be foolish to write her off again here. She did the Guineas double in style and took the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot with minimal fuss. O’Brien believe’s she’ll have no issues staying the extra distance and she’s a general 7/4 shot to do just that and take this.
John Gosden has a couple of his best fillies on show here in So Mi Dar and Shutter Speed. We haven’t seen So Mi Dar since Arc day last October when she was back in third and lost her unbeaten record. She is a very smart filly and is interestingly Frankie’s pick of the two here which should be a key factor. She’s missed a lot of racing however through injuries and ground issues and Gosden’s horses do come on from a run but she comes here fresh. She’s a general 5/1 and if the same horse that she was last year a big run looks likely.
The one i’ll be siding with as an each way alternative to the market leader though is Shutter Speed the other Gosden runner. She looked a potential superstar at the start of the season when she beat Enable on her reappearance at Newbury and then went on to win the Musidora at York in conditions that she will of hated. She was 4th in the Prix De Diane and I think it’s best to put a line through that run as I genuinely believe she’s better than that even though it was still a good effort in a big Group 1 field. She trades at a general 7/1 and Pat Smullen takes the ride.
Selections: Winter 7/4 – Shutter Speed 7/1 E/W