The third day of the 2020 renewal of the Qatar Goodwood Festival had an eight-race card, including the Gr1 Qatar Nassau Stakes for three-year-old and older fillies and mares over 2,000 metres and the Gr2 Qatar Richmond Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings over 1,200 metres. The day also saw various Qatari-owned runners in several races.
Fancy Blue lands G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes to give trainer Donnacha O’Brien first winner in the UK
Fancy Blue was Donnacha O’Brien’s first runner as a trainer in the UK and gave the Irish handler reason to celebrate as she became his first UK winner in the G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes. It was a second success at the top level for the daughter of Deep Impact, following her win in the G1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) on 5 July.
It was Magic Wand, trained by Aidan, who took the lead, with Frankie Dettori astride, early in the seven runners. She continued to lead until facing a strong challenge from Fancy Blue two furlongs out. Ridden by Ryan Moore, Fancy Blue took the lead entering the final furlong and then had to see off the strong late challenge of One Voice. Fancy Blue held on by a neck in front of One Voice, who is trained by Jessica Harrington and was ridden Tom Marquand. John Gosden’s trainee Nazeef finished third under Jim Crowley.
Donnacha O’Brien said: “That was a lovely performance from Fancy Blue. She is unbelievable, and it is massive. It is unbelievable that I get a filly like her in my first year. I was hopeful of a good performance due to the weight she was getting, and this race fitted in well after her win in the French Oaks. We will give her a little break now. She has had a busy start to the year. We might look at Irish Champions Weekend to bring her back.
Repeat Qatar Richmond Stakes success for Cox and Kirby as Supremacy comes out on top
Trainer Clive Cox and jockey Adam Kirby landed the G2 Qatar Richmond Stakes a year ago with subsequent G1 Commonwealth Cup hero Golden Horde and the duo were on the mark again with Supremacy in the six-furlong contest for two-year-olds. A son of Al Shaqab Racing Stallion Mehmas, winner of this race in 2016, Supremacy broke well from stall two and soon went into the lead. He continued at the head of affairs and saw off all comers before going away again in the final furlong to score by four lengths from Yazaman, who is trained by William Haggas and was ridden, byTom Marquand. Al Shaqab Racing’s Lauded made a strong challenge at the final stages of the race to finish third for trainer Tom Dascombe and jockey Richard Kingscote. This clear-cut victory reflects the high class the progeny of Mehmas’s who will certainly be in high demand soon.
Clive Cox said: “We knew Supremacy was nice. He was very green last time, but he has been a horse with a lovely temperament to deal with. He has done that so well and I am so pleased for him – he has taken a big step forward. Supremacy has bags of speed and the way he finished that race after going so quick was amazing.”
Glamorous Girl makes all in opener to hand Mason and Cox first Goodwood success
Glamorous Girl made every yard a winning one when landing the opening Mirabeau En Provence Handicap, a five-furlong contest for three-year-olds. It was a first Qatar Goodwood Festival winner for both Chepstow-based trainer Chris Mason and jockey William Cox. The winner saw off all challengers to score by a length and a half from Newyorkstateofmind, who is trained by William Muir and was ridden by David Egan. Show Me Show Me, trained by Richard Fahey, finished third under Paddy Mathers.