NASHWA (108+) again looked at home over 10 furlongs as, in partnership with Hollie Doyle, the formidable female duo added another Group 1 victory to their profiles in the Nassau Stakes.
In a slowly run contest the daughter of Frankel used her sharp turn of foot to come from last to first after passing the cutaway on her way to a closing three-furlong sectional of 34.02secs.
In comparison, Warren Point (108+) posted a faster time-figure over the same distance and completed his race in 34.42secs, so either Charlie Appleby’s handicap winner is a group horse in waiting or, the winner aside, the fillies who contested the Nassau Stakes are short of Group 1 quality.
If there was another Group 1 performer on Thursday’s card it was New London (116+) who posted the fastest time figure of the meeting when adjusted for distance.
The gallop was strong from the outset in the Gordon Stakes as confirmed front runners West Wind Blows (105+) and Al Qareem (104+) set each other alight where credit should be afforded to the former who went best for the longest.
William Buick produced the winner widest of all in the straight with his powerful run comfortably carrying him to the front before he drifted towards the rail. The son of Dubawi stopped the clock for his closing sectional at 34.76secs and demonstrated he was not tiring as he pulled clear of Derby second Hoo Ya Mal (111) in the last 100 yards.
The victory earned the Godolphin colt a 3/1 quote for the St Leger at Doncaster, which while not attractive at this long-range stage, will look generous on the day if he repeats this performance.
Deauville Legend (114) enhanced his reputation still further with his staying-on second including a closing sectional of 34.79secs. James Ferguson’s three-year-old has already been gelded so will not reoppose the winner in the St Leger, but the son of Sea The Stars looks a Cup horse in the making.
Cresta (110) again caught the eye under Jamie Spencer, who is gradually teaching the son of New Bay to settle. A closing sectional of 34.77secs suggests Freddie and Martyn Meade’s colt can reward support, especially if his sights are lowered slightly.
Royal Scotsman (111) added another Goodwood win to his record with an impressive display in the Richmond Stakes. Only asked for maximum effort by Jim Crowley passing the furlong marker, the son of Gleneagles covered the final three furlongs in 33.29secs.
An entry in the Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster indicates Paul and Oliver Cole may be looking to step their colt up in trip with the Dewhurst mentioned as an end of season target providing their talented juvenile continues to settle in his races.
Al Karrar (109) impressed on the clock on his debut at Windsor and progressed again here, almost equalling the closing effort of the winner in posting 33.37secs for his closing sectional. Tom Clover’s colt holds identical entries to Royal Scotsman going forward and is one to keep onside.
Staying on the straight track, Get Ahead (110) produced a stunning performance to win the five-furlong handicap, quite obviously enjoying the less demanding test of Goodwood. Clive Cox’s filly covered the final three furlongs in 32.41secs as she defied being positioned in stall one with consummate ease.
A closer look at her record confirms the daughter of Showcasing is at her best on speed-favouring tracks with her previous best runs this season have been a third at York (when denied a clear run) and at Bath where she filled the same position, running well against the draw.