Nassau Stakes Tips - Fancy chance for Glorious Goodwood showpiece
We've picked out our best bet in the feature on day three of Glorious Goodwood
Nazeef is at the head of the market for the Nassau Stakes
Fellow Group One winner's Fancy Blue and Magic Wand will fly the flag for Ireland
Deidre will attempt to retain her crown
Oisin Murphy on Dierdre (L) on their way to victory in the Qatar Nassau Stakes in 2019. (Getty)
The final Group One of Glorious Goodwood takes place on day three, with many of the finest fillies in the business locking horns in the Nassau Stakes.
There's a definite international feel to this year's race, with challengers travelling to Sussex from across the globe.
2020 Nassau Stakes Favourite
It was a shame when Tawkeel was removed from the field on Tuesday. Jean-Claude Rouget's filly was so impressive when winning the Prix Saint-Alary, but it seems connections have decided to remain in France.
Sheikh Hamdan's silks will still be on show in Thursday's feature though, as Nazeef steps up to ten furlongs for the first time. John Gosden's filly has enjoyed a tremendous run of results, culminating with that hard-fought triumph in the Falmouth Stakes on her most recent start.
2020 Nassau Stakes Form Guide
Rivalling Nazeef for favouritism is Fancy Blue, who handed Donnacha O'Brien his first Group One as a trainer when winning the Prix de Diane. O'Brien announced soon after that win that the Nassau was at the forefront of his thinking, and Fancy Blue has proven herself over this distance.
Deidre claimed a surprise victory for Japan here last season. Mitsuru Hashida's six-year-old returns to try and defend her crown, but has some poor results to overcome, having failed to win since her shock triumph here 12 months ago.
Aidan O'Brien has Magic Wand in the mix. Having sauntered to a Group Two win on her reappearance, Magic Wand ran another great race to finish fourth in the Coral-Eclipse. Ryan Moore has opted to ride Fancy Blue, meaning Frankie Dettori will pick up the ride, and this hardy mare is not a runner to be underestimated.
Queen Power has placed behind Nazeef and Terebellum this season. On both occasions, Sir Michael Stoute's filly found herself too far back in the early stages, but caught the eye as she tried to work her way into contention. Silvestre De Sousa will want to be a little more prominent here if Queen Power is to topple the big-guns.
Tom Marquand will ride One Voice into battle for Jessica Harrington, but she hasn't shown anything to suggest she can cut it at Group One level.
The same can be said for the final entrant, Lavender's Blue, who finished last in the Oaks last season, and was beaten eight lengths behind Nazeef when she made her reappearance at Royal Ascot.
2020 Nassau Stakes Tips
Nazeef is a filly full of confidence and has proven herself to be very strong in the finish. I just worry a little about this step up in trip, especially if a hot-pace is set by likely front-runner, Magic Wand.
Of all the runners at the head of the betting, Magic Wand carries the most appealing price. However, the fact that Aidan O'Brien has allowed Ryan Moore to jump on FANCY BLUE for his son, Donnacha, makes me think that she is the horse to back in this competitive race.
Donnacha's filly sat on the pace all the way through the Prix de Diane, and still had enough petrol left in the tank to beat Alpine Star and Peaceful - who Group One winners - in the fight to the line.
As a three-year-old, Fancy Blue will be gaining a decent amount of weight on the older mares around her in the betting, and I think the track at Goodwood will suit her running style perfectly.
Nassau Stakes FAQs
When is the Nassau Stakes taking place?
The Nassau Stakes is run at Goodwood on Thursday 30th July in 2020.
What horses can run in the Nassau Stakes?
Only fillies and mares can run in the Nassau Stakes. Three-year-olds are free to tackle older horses too, in what is always a high-quality race.
When is Glorious Goodwood?
In 2020, Glorious Goodwood starts on Tuesday 28th July and ends on Saturday 1st August.
Who won the Nassau Stakes in 2019?
In 2019, it was the Japanese-trained Deirdre, ridden by Oisin Murphy, who claimed a surprise win as a 20/1 outsider in the Nassau Stakes.
The safest bet here is Prix de Diane winner, Fancy Blue.
Nassau Stakes Tips: Fancy Blue Straight Win @275 at BetMGM - 2 Units