Horse Racing: Nassau Stakes Preview & 7/1 Betting Tip

Aidan O'BrienThe 1m2f Nassau Stakes, for fillies and mares aged three years and upwards, is the feature race on the final day of Glorious Goodwood (3.10pm, Saturday).

This year’s renewal features a rematch between Diamondsandrubies (7/2) and Legatissimo (15/8), who were separated by just a short head when first and second in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last month.

Legatissimo had previously beaten Diamondsandrubies by 5¾ lengths when the pair were second and fourth respectively behind Qualify in the Oaks at Epsom three weeks earlier and looked an unlucky loser at the Curragh. Jockey Wayne Lordan is unlikely to allow Diamondsandrubies quite so much rope this time and Legatissimo must have every chance of reversing the form.

Of course, the Nassau Stakes is far from being a two-horse race, with Oaks third Lady Of Dubai (13/2) and Prix de Diane heroine Star Of Seville (7/1) heading the home team. Cladocera (14/1), trained in Chantilly by Alain de Royer-Dupre, gives the race a continental flavour.

Lady Of Dubai has 2½ lengths to find with Legatissimo on their running in the Oaks, but was a comfortable winner of the Height of Fashion Stakes, over course and distance, on her reappearance in May and remains open to significant improvement after just six career starts. Unlike many of her rivals, she had an uninterrupted passage in the Oaks, so does need to improve to reverse the form with Legatissimo.

Star Of Seville wouldn’t have won the Oaks, but would certainly have finished much closer to Legatissimo if she hadn’t been badly hampered with just over a furlong to run. As it was, jockey William Buick quickly accepted the situation and allowed her to come in her own time at Epsom. Switched back to 1m2½f and reunited with Frankie Dettori at Chantilly nine days later, she stayed on well to beat Physiocrate and Little Nightingale by a length and three-quarters of a length. She has nothing to find on official ratings and, over what appears to be her optimum trip, could lead this field a merry dance.

Cladocera was a respectable third, beaten 4 lengths, behind Amazing Maria in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot on her first start since March. With the winner following up in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, the form looks a little stronger than it did at the time. She has yet to win at the highest level and wouldn’t want the ground to dry out too much, but she could prove a lively outsider.

Wedding Vow (10/1), trained by Aidan O’Brien (pictured above), lost her maiden tag in a Group 2 at The Curragh two weeks ago. That was only the Galileo filly’s sixth race and she could well be on the upgrade. She would need to have improved since April, when she just under four lengths behind Legatissimo at Gowran Park.

Jazzi Top (14/1) was fifth in The Oaks, so is held on form by some of the others on that run. However she was another with a genuine hard luck story as she was blocked in her run and she might be better than the bare form. She has not been seen since and this is only her sixth run, so expect an improved showing.

Nassau Stakes Betting Tips Verdict

  • Legatissimo seems sure to be a tough nut to crack once again, but Frankie Dettori is unbeaten on Star Of Seville and John Gosden’s filly looks decent value for the first three at the least. Our Nassau Stakes betting tips advice is to back STAR OF SEVILLE each-way at best betting odds of 7/1 with Bet365, Betfred, Betfair Sportsbook or Boylesports.