Gosden’s horses are running out of their skin this season, especially the fillies, and he could be set to celebrate yet more Group One success on Saturday when Izzi Top runs in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The prestigious Group One is the feature race on the final day of the Glorious festival and always provides competitive racing to crown the queen filly or mare that races over the middle distances.
For the last three seasons’ the supreme Midday scored for trainer Sir Henry Cecil but with the star filly now off on breeding duties away from the racetrack it paves the way for a new female to be crowned and punters are putting their faith in Gosden’s progressive filly to oblige.
The talented four-year-old filly is unbeaten in three starts this year. She followed up her wins in the Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket and Betfred Middleton Stakes at York, with her first Group One success in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.
That form, where she beat Dermot Weld’s Sapphire by one and a half lengths, is arguably not of Group One standard but in the race she shaped like there is plenty more to come as the season progresses and that is obviously in punters’ head, who have decided to wade in on the 9/4 price.
As mentioned though, she will be needed to improve to win this and there is plenty of opposition to the favourite, with Gosden providing the second favourite in the market in the form of The Fugue.
Three-year-olds usually fare pretty well in this race but there has to be question marks over the form of this year’s Classic generation, whose form-lines have failed to be backed up on numerous occasions. Saying that, The Fugue is a reliable sort who should have won the Investec Oaks at Epsom after suffering severe bad luck in-running and subsequently finished third. She was firmly put her in place at Royal Ascot last time out behind the impressive Princess Highway but is capable of performing at this level and should be right in the mix.
Punters that like to have an each-way interest in a race should be looking to take the 9/2 available, with the knowledge that if The Fugue places, which looks likely due her consistency, then they will see a return on their investment.
Trainer Roger Varian is certainly a handler to look out for in the next few years and he looks to have a chance of doing something that his former employer Michael Jarvis could never do during his 40-year trainer career and win the valuable Goodwood Group One.
His runner, Nahrain, has some sparkling form from last year in France but failed to show the same attitude on her seasonal debut this season at Royal Ascot. There are question marks over her ability at this level and she is best ignored at the current 9/2 price available for a race of magnitude.
Legendary Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has won this race twice in the last eight years and he looks to be readying a strong three-pronged attack this season. Was, Up and Maybe all hold entries but there seem to negative feelings surrounding Ballydoyle’s three-year-old fillies this year and although the prices may tempt a few punters in, O’Brien are also best swerved for this competitive renewal.
Gosden is the trainer that holds all the aces for this year’s Nassau renewal with Izzi Top likely to be difficult to beat if improving from her run in Ireland.