Three-year-old fillies have won the four most recent renewals of the £600,000 Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes, run over just shy of 10 furlongs, and the Classic crop are set to launch another formidable challenge on Thursday, 1st August, at Goodwood.
Aidan O’Brien’s Hermosa won both the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas, while Channel from Francis-Henri Graffard’s yard in France landed the Prix de Diane at Chantilly in June.
Group 1 Oaks runner-up Pink Dogwood (Aidan O’Brien) and Group 2 Prix de Malleret scorer Mehdaayih, trained by John Gosden, could also represent the three-year-old generation.
Older contenders include Aidan O’Brien’s dual Group 1 winner Magical, who chased home Enable in the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park last weekend, and the first and second from the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot: Move Swiftly from William Haggas’ stable and Michael Stoute’s Rawdaa. Japanese raider Deirdre (Mitsuru Yashida), winner of the Group 1 Shuka Sho in 2017, also remains engaged.
Wild Illusion, trained by Charlie Appleby, dominated from the front for a convincing success in the 2018 Qatar Nassau Stakes and the Godolphin filly could bid to become the first multiple winner since Midday completed a hat-trick of victories in the race in 2011.
The four-year-old, who has also won two Group 1 races in France, finished fourth behind Joseph O’Brien’s Iridessa, Magic Wand (Aidan O’Brien) and Pink Dogwood on her latest outing in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes over a mile and a quarter at The Curragh, on during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival.