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Cecil: York the order of 'day

Henry Cecil nominated the Yorkshire Oaks as Midday's next assignment after the classy filly nailed back-to-back renewals of the Blue Square Nassau Stakes.

The 15-8 favourite's thrilling victory over French raider Stacelita on Saturday was Cecil's seventh triumph in the Group One contest at Glorious Goodwood.

She is now likely to head to York later this month, before being campaigned for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf -- a race she brilliantly won last year.

With Barshiba only providing a moderate gallop in front, the mile-and-a-quarter Nassau turned into a dash for the line, from which Midday rose to the occasion.

Midday took three lengths out of the field over two furlongs out, only to find last year's French Oaks winner Stacelita gunning her down.



Suspension

The pair came together briefly, resulting in Tom Queally incurring a two-day suspension (August 14-15) for careless riding, but his mount was spurred on by Stacelita's presence and quickened like a sprinter to brush her aside by a length and a quarter.

Cecil said: "She got jarred up at York last time and took a long time to get over it.

"I have to be careful with her, but so long as the ground is not quick she will hopefully run in the Yorkshire Oaks next.

"Hopefully she will have a good end-of-year campaign and the Breeders' Cup is in the mix."

Evens And Odds, runner-up to Genki in the Stewards' Cup 12 months ago, avenged that defeat and provided Dandy Nicholls with a third triumph in the race.

The 20-1 winner of the richest sprint handicap in the calendar put the icing on the cake of another fantastic Goodwood meeting for Nicholls, who had his customary strong quota of three of the 28 runners. Nicholls was quick to praise 22-year-old rider Billy Cray, saying of the Bermondsey boy: "I've never had any doubts about Billy.

"He's always in the right place at the right time."

The rest of the day belonged to Richard Hughes and Richard Hannon, with the jockey notching a record nine winners at the meeting courtesy of Pausanias and Eucharist for his father-in-law trainer.

But yesterday was all about Goldikova, who further cemented her place among the greats as she took her Group One tally to 10 when winning the Prix Rothschild at Deauville for the third year running.

Freddie Head's five-year-old wonder mare blitzed the opposition with another incredible performance.

Leading a furlong and a half out in the hands of Olivier Peslier, the 1-3 shot won in brilliant style from Music Show.

The victory means Goldikova joins the former Head-ridden Miesque as the only horse to have won 10 Group One races since the inception of the Pattern in 1970. Like Miesque, she has claimed two Breeders' Cup Miles and Paddy Power left her unchanged at 6-4 to add an unprecedented third at Churchill Downs in November.

Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager to owners the Wertheimer Brothers, said: "There is the Prix Jacques le Marois in two weeks' time and hopefully she will go for that.

"There is a lot of credit to give to Freddie for keeping this fantastic filly at this level for so long."


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