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Thursday 21 November 2019

Hermosa looks pretty special

Hermosa
Hermosa

Hermosa should regain the winning thread in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Aidan O'Brien always planned to step the dual Guineas winner up to 10 furlongs but was tempted to have another crack at a mile at Royal Ascot, given how dominant she had been in the Irish version.

While she beat all the British and Irish fillies again, she had no answer to the French challenger Watch Me.

Yet again her biggest rival today could be a cross-channel raider - ironically one called Channel, who has a three-race winning streak.

Last time out she won the Prix de Diane, the race O'Brien had been eyeing for Hermosa, but they did finish in a heap at Chantilly, suggesting they were all much of a muchness.

Two who flopped in the Oaks, Maqsad and Mehdaayih, give the Nassau further strength in depth but Hermosa can see them all off.

Richard Hannon's Threat is the one to beat in the Qatar Richmond Stakes. Threat has the best form on offer and it will be disappointing if he is beaten. The Gordon Stakes is more wide open, but Jessica Harrington's Leo De Fury is taken to maintain his unbeaten record.

He made a winning debut at the Curragh last month when bolting up by five lengths. Last time out at Navan he scared the opposition away and only faced two rivals - winning by the same margin.

SINJAARI, well fancied for the London Gold Cup, narrowly lost to subsequent Group Two winner Headman.

He failed to stay a mile and a half at Royal Ascot but's been dropped 1lb and has a decent draw for the Unibet Handicap.

FRED could be the pick of Mark Johnston's runners in the Telegraph Nursery Handicap, with Frankie Dettori booked.

Rae Guest's POETS DANCE can open her account in the MansionBet EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes at Nottingham. SINGING THE BLUES can win the Focus Rigging Handicap at Epsom.

EPSOM: 5.45 Light Of Air, 6.20 Singing The Blues, 6.55 Magic Twist, 7.30 Zoraya, 8.00 City Wanderer, 8.30 Ifton.

FFOS LAS: 5.35 Chromium, 6.10 Hubert, 6.40 Paths Of Glory, 7.15 Ghaith, 7.45 The Game Is On, 8.15 Lihou, 8.45 Edged Out.

GALWAY: 2.00 Early Doors, 2.35 Zero Ten, 3.10 Ciao, 3.45 Surrounding, 4.20 Ash Hill, 4.55 Gardens Of Babylon, 5.30 Marine One, 5.59 Ballylig.

GOODWOOD: 1.50 Sinjaari, 2.25 THREAT (NAP), 3.00 Leo De Fury, 3.35 Hermosa, 4.10 Fred, 4.45 Craylands, 5.20 Pass The Gin.

NOTTINGHAM: 1.40 Poets Dance, 2.15 Spiritofthenorth, 2.50 Burning Topic, 3.25 Bruyere, 4.00 Junderstand, 4.35 Daphinia, 5.10 Victoriano.

STRATFORD: 1.30 Emerald Rocket, 2.05 Write It Down, 2.40 Capitoul, 3.15 Canny Tom, 3.50 Green Or Black, 4.25 Code Of Law, 5.00 North Star Oscar.

DOUBLE: Threat and Hermosa.

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