Star-studded entry of 29 for Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes on final day of Glorious Goodwood

goodwoodAidan O’Brien has several entries for the day.

The £200,000 Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes is the Group One highlight on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood, Saturday, August 2 and has attracted a star-studded 29 entries. The contest is for fillies and mares and takes place over just shy of 10 furlongs.

Heading the entries is the 2012 winner The Fugue (John Gosden). Now a five-year-old, The Fugue has won four Group One contests, including the 2013 Irish Champion Stakes and last month’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, earning close to £2 million in prize money. Her trainer, who saddled last year’s winner Winsili, could also be represented by this season’s Investec Oaks heroine Taghrooda.

Another multiple Group One scorer to feature among the entries is Sky Lantern (Richard Hannon jnr). The four-year-old grey can count the 2013 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes among her successes and endured no luck in running when fifth in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes last year.

Thistle Bird (Roger Charlton) ran a great race in last year’s renewal, when only finding Winsili a neck too strong. The six-year-old has really blossomed in 2014 and gained a deserved first Group One success last time out in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 29.

Dank (Sir Michael Stoute) proved herself among the best in the world last year when taking the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita, USA and finished fifth behind The Fugue last time out at Royal Ascot.

No French-trained contender has ever won the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes but Alain de Royer-Dupre is hoping to change that statistic in 2014 with Narniyn. The four-year-old daughter of Dubawi, who was homebred by her owner the Aga Khan, notched up a sequence of four victories at around 10 furlongs, culminating with the Group Three La Coupe at Longchamp on June 12. Last time out, she stepped up in both class and distance to contest the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 12 furlongs on June 29 when she was fourth, beaten two lengths, behind Spiritjim.

The Chantilly-based trainer commented: “We are definitely considering going over to Goodwood with Narniyn. I think this is the right race for her as it is the right place in the calendar before going on to Deauville for the Prix Jean Romanet.

“I think her run at Saint-Cloud probably came too close to her win at Longchamp but there was not really another race to go for. She is also a better filly at 10 furlongs than at 12 furlongs.”

The vast majority of Narniyn’s victories have come on an easy surface but de Royer-Dupre is confident that better ground will be no problem for the filly.

He continued: “She won a Listed race at Chantilly last year when the ground was good and it was not a problem for her at all. She may actually be a better filly on good ground.”

Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has made eight entries for the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes including Venus De Milo, runner-up to Thistle Bird at the Curragh, Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Marvellous and Bracelet, successful in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

There are 12 Irish-trained entries in total, with Epsom Oaks runner-up Tarfasha (Dermot Weld), My Titania and Stars So Bright (both John Oxx) plus Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup third Euphrasia (Joe Murphy) also engaged.

There is a £17,000 supplementary entry stage for the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes on Monday, July 28.

£150,000 bet365 Lennox Stakes attracts terrific 44

The £150,000 Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes is the highlight of the opening day of Glorious Goodwood, Tuesday, August 29. Staged over seven furlongs, there are 44 entries for this year’s renewal, a substantial increase on the 28 received in 2013.

Garswood (Richard Fahey) took the spoils last year and is entered again, along with the 2013 third Boom And Bust (Marcus Tregoning).

Sir Michael Stoute has given Integral the bet365 Lennox Stakes as an option. The progressive four-year-old filly, who also remains engaged in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, was the impressive winner of the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

Other horses successful at Royal Ascot feature among the entries. Field Of Dream (Jamie Osborne) could take the step up to Pattern company, having landed the ultra-competitive Royal Hunt Cup, while Muteela (Mark Johnston) was successful in the Listed Sandringham Handicap for fillies last month.

Richard Hannon jnr, in his first season with as a trainer, is responsible for more entries than any other handler, with seven hopefuls at this stage. These are headed by Toormore, triumphant in the Group One National Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh, Ireland, last season and Producer, who stayed on take fifth in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

There could be a German challenger in Amarillo (Peter Schiergen), a triple Group Three winner in his homeland including on his most recent outing at Hamburg on July 1. The Aga Khan owns two of the three French-trained entries in Kiram (Jean-Claude Rouget), a close sixth in the French 2,000 Guineas and Daraybi (Alain de Royer-Dupre), a Listed scorer over seven furlongs. Alain de Royer-Dupre has also entered Redbrook, last seen when eighth in the seven-furlong Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Other interesting entries include Jersey Stakes runner-up Muwaary (John Gosden) and Kiyoshi (Charlie Hills), who was twice placed at Group One level last year and shaped with promise on her seasonal return when beaten four lengths in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

20 chasing QIPCO Sussex Stakes glory

Another “Duel on the Downs” remains in prospect for the £300,000 Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, the Glorious Goodwood feature on Wednesday, July 30, following the latest scratchings’ deadline of which details are revealed today.

Toronado (Richard Hannon jnr) landed the QIPCO Sussex Stakes in 2013 and returned to action a vengeance when landing the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in his seasonal debut on June 17.

The young pretender to Toronado’s crown is Kingman (John Gosden). Beaten by Night Of Thunder (Richard Hannon jnr) in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, the son of Invincible Spirit has subsequently looked imperious in winning the Group One Irish 2,000 Guineas and in the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he gained revenge on Night Of Thunder.

Hannon’s strong hand in the mile QIPCO Sussex Stakes also includes triple Group One winner Olympic Glory, successful in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May and the quadruple Group One-winning filly Sky Lantern, who finished an encouraging fifth on her seasonal return in the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Integral (Sir Michael Stoute).

Aidan O’Brien has six contenders going forward, including Queen Anne Stakes runner-up Verrazano.

Further overseas interest is provided by German challenger Chopin (Andreas Wohler) and the South African-trained Soft Falling Rain (Mike de Kock).

Horses can be added to the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at a cost of £19,500 at the supplementary entry on July 24.

Entries have also been made for the Group Two Celebration Mile on Saturday, August 23, the highlight of Goodwood’s three-day August Bank Holiday Weekend. There are 45 engaged in the £100,000 contest.

The Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes

£200,000 Total Prize Fund, Group One, part of the British Champions Series.

Glorious Goodwood, Saturday, August 2, 2014, 1m 1f 192yds. 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 July 8, entries revealed July 9 (29 entries), five-day confirmation and £17,000 supplementary entry stage July 28. Final declarations 10am, July 31.
Horse

Age

Owner Trainer
ALBASHARAH (USA)

5

Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
AMAZING MARIA (IRE)

3

Sir Robert Ogden Ed Dunlop
BRACELET (IRE)

3

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
DANK

5

James Wigan Sir Michael Stoute
DAZZLING (IRE)

3

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
EASTERN BELLE

3

Anthony Oppenheimer John Gosden
EUPHRASIA (IRE)

5

Mrs C C Regalado-Gonzalez Joseph Murphy IRE
JUST THE JUDGE (IRE)

4

Qatar Racing Limited & Sangster Family Charles Hills
LUSTROUS

3

Poilin Good Richard Hannon
MADAME CHIANG

3

Kirsten Rausing David Simcock
MANGO DIVA

4

Antoniades Family Sir Michael Stoute
MARVELLOUS (IRE)

3

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
MY TITANIA (IRE)

3

Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
NARNIYN (IRE)

4

H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
PALACE (IRE)

3

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
PEACE BURG (FR)

4

Mrs Paul Shanahan/M V Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
POMOLOGY (USA)

4

H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
SECRET GESTURE

4

Qatar Racing Ltd & Newsells Park Stud Ralph Beckett
SKY LANTERN (IRE)

4

Ben Keswick Richard Hannon
STARS SO BRIGHT (IRE)

3

Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
SULTANINA

4

Normandie Stud Ltd John Gosden
TAGHROODA

3

Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
TAPESTRY (IRE)

3

Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith/Flaxman Stables Aidan O’Brien IRE
TARFASHA (IRE)

3

Hamdan Al Maktoum Dermot Weld IRE
TASADAY (USA)

4

Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
TERRIFIC (IRE)

3

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE FUGUE

5

Lord Lloyd-Webber John Gosden
THISTLE BIRD

6

Lady Rothschild Roger Charlton
VENUS DE MILO (IRE)

4

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

29 entries

12 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

The QIPCO Sussex Stakes

£300,000 Total Prize Fund, Group One, part of the British Champions Series.

Glorious Goodwood, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, one mile. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb; four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 8lb, fillies 9st 5lb. Entries closed May 27, entries revealed May 28 (28 entries), scratchings deadline, July 8 (20 remain), six-day confirmations & £19,500 supplementary stage July 24, final declarations 10am, July 28.
Horse

Age

Owner Trainer
CHOPIN (GER)

4

Qatar Racing Limited Andreas Wohler GER
DARWIN (USA)

4

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
GREGORIAN (IRE)

5

H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
OLYMPIC GLORY (IRE)

4

Al Shaqab Racing Richard Hannon
SOFT FALLING RAIN (SAF)

5

Hamdan Al Maktoum Mike de Kock SAF
TORONADO (IRE)

4

Al Shaqab Racing Richard Hannon
VERRAZANO (USA)

4

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
INTEGRAL

4

Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
JUST THE JUDGE (IRE)

4

Qatar Racing Limited & Sangster Family Charles Hills
SKY LANTERN (IRE)

4

Ben Keswick Richard Hannon
COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE)

3

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
GIOVANNI BOLDINI (USA)

3

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
ILLUSIVE (IRE)

3

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
KINGMAN

3

Khalid Abdullah John Gosden
MUWAARY

3

Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
NIGHT OF THUNDER (IRE)

3

Saeed Manana Richard Hannon
OUTSTRIP

3

Godolphin Charlie Appleby
SHIFTING POWER

3

Elaine Chivers & Potensis Ltd Richard Hannon
WAR COMMAND (USA)

3

Joe Allen/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
KIYOSHI

3

Qatar Racing Limited Charles Hills

 

20 horses remain following July 8 scratchings deadline

6 Irish-trained

 

The bet365 Lennox Stakes

£150,00 Total Prize Fund, Group Two. Glorious Goodwood, Tuesday, July 29, seven furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 8st 10lb, fillies 8st 7lb; four-year-olds and upwards colts and geldings 9st 3lb, fillies 9st. Penalties: after October 31, 2013, a winner of a Group Two race 4lb, a winner of a Group One race 7lb. Entries closed July 8, entries revealed July 9 (44 entries). Six-day confirmations July 23, final declarations 10am, July 27.

 

Horse

Age

Owner Trainer
ALJAMAAHEER (IRE)

5

Hamdan Al Maktoum Roger Varian
AMARILLO (IRE)

5

Stall Nizza Peter Schiergen GER
ANJAAL

3

Hamdan Al Maktoum Richard Hannon
BOOM AND BUST (IRE)

7

Jas Singh Marcus Tregoning
BOW CREEK (IRE)

3

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
BRAZOS (IRE)

3

Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
BRETON ROCK (IRE)

4

John Cook David Simcock
CHIL THE KITE

5

Hazel Lawrence & Graham Doyle Hughie Morrison
COMPLICATE (AUS)

5

Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE)

3

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier