The fillies & mares took centre stage on the third day of Glorious Goodwood, nine of them taking their chance in the 1m2f Group 1 Nassau Stakes with hot favourite Nashwa, ultimately making it appear a straightforward task.

Confidently ridden, in last, early on by Hollie Doyle, the pair crept closer in the straight before unleashing what proved a decisive challenge in the final 2f.

A 3yo homebred daughter of Frankel, racing in the colours of Imad Alsager, she was third on her sole juvenile start but has excelled in five outings this year.

An April maiden winner at Haydock, she followed up in Listed company at Newbury before an excellent third in the Oaks at Epsom. She then won the French equivalent so this was her second Group One success.

Doyle said: "That was pretty awesome. We used a change of tactics today from France but it paid off.

"Obviously we were drawn quite badly here whereas I rode her a bit aggressively in France because I had a good draw. Mr Gosden told me to ride her back a bit today.

"I came down the hill with a double handful but she takes a while to get into that top gear. This is her perfect trip, she has a high cruising speed and she sees it out very well.

"It's unreal, she's the horse of a lifetime."

 

The meeting kicked off with a competitive 1m2f handicap for 3yos, dominated by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, William Buick and Warren Point denying stablemate Blue Trail, the mount of Frankie Dettori in the dying strides.

Unraced as a juvenile, the homebred Dubawi gelding has now won three of his four starts, all his victories at 1m2f, his sole defeat suffered when runner-up over 1m4f, on his handicap debut, at Ascot on his previous outing 19 days ago.

Connections completed a double when New London landed the 1m4f Group 3 Gordon Stakes, restricted to the 3yo Classic generation, to take his career record to four wins from just five outings.

A homebred Dubawi colt, he won his only juvenile start in late October last year before returning with a comfortable success in a novice stakes in April, both outings on The Rowley Mile at Newmarket.

His sole defeat was then suffered when a well beaten second in the Group 3 Chester Vase before bouncing back to winning ways in a handicap, back on his seemingly favourite Newmarket course. This victory has at least proved he can win ‘away from home’.

Buick said: “He is a ‘proper horse’, he always has been you know, so I am delighted to have him back winning and Charlie and the team have done a great job to get him back.

"I ended up in front sooner than I wanted to but he is a strong galloper. He was always going to learn plenty here today. It was always going to be a bit of a challenge for him and he came through with flying colours.

"He has plenty of class so you'd be hopeful of staying the St Leger trip; he relaxes well and gives himself every chance; hopefully he will.

"That was quite a deep Gordon field so obviously this horse has passed the test. Our winner yesterday, Secret State, has another step to take. We'll see how things go."

For 2yo colts & geldings over 6f, the Group 2 Richmond Stakes potentially unearthed a star of the future with Fitri Hay’s Royal Scotsman steaming home under Jim Crowley for training partnership Paul & Oliver Cole.

A colt by Gleneagles, he was fourth on debut in a 5f novice stakes at Ascot before impressing when scoring in a similar race over this Goodwood course and distance. He was then third at Royal Ascot, again over 6f, in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, an effort which meant he was sent off strong favourite for this race. He did not disappoint.