Saturday’s racing arguably looks like the best of the lot, with the Nassau Stakes and the Stewards’ Cup both eagerly awaited and the former is a Group 1 contest which will feature some very classy horses.
3:15 Nassau Stakes
There’s a purse of over £100,000 for the winner of this race and it looks pretty tough to call a winner, with Izzi Top commanding favouritism after three wins this season under the watchful eye of trainer John Gosden.
Favourite Sapphire was beaten at the Curragh following wins at Newmarket and York earlier in the season, while it’s been fourteen months since the four-year-old was defeated and odds of 2/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) are available that William Buick rides this talented horse to victory.
Was will be out to prove that she’s not a one-hit wonder after winning the Oaks earlier this summer before the Aidan O’Brien charge failed to make it a double in the Irish Oaks with three horses proving too good on soft ground.
Perhaps the distance wasn’t ideal on that day and the drop back in trip could suit Was, although The Fugue could be a more likely winner and this is another Gosden horse that was less than a length behind the Oaks winner at Epsom and can be backed at 7/2 (William Hill free bets).
Princess Highway was the only horse that could beat The Fugue in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, with another horse trading at similar odds and that is Nahrain.
Roger Varian had the horse in tip-top condition last term although one outing this year saw her finish ninth at Royal Ascot and connections will hope for a marked improvement with a price of 7/2 (BetVictor) being afforded.
3:55 Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup
Sponsors Blue Square have a double odds promotion available for the Stewards’ Cup and that’s partially as this race is a particularly good one for the bookies where 28 horses are involved in something of a stampede down to the finish.
As always, it’s hard to call a winner although Mac’s Power merits respect with Ryan Moore on board and the James Fanshawe horse has been in the frame on three occasions this term, with odds of 12/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) available.
Palace Moon might struggle off top weight although Hawkeyethenoo could be well-handicapped and the same applies to Waffle who was second to Dandy Boy at Ascot. At the other end of the weights, Victoire De Lyphar is an interesting runner for David Nicholls after finally delivering at Hamilton to run Colonel Mak pretty close.