Thursday 20 September 2018

Legatissimo up for the fight at Goodwood

Legatissimo (Ryan Moore) after winning the 1000 Guineas Newmarket 3.5.15 Pic: Edward Whitaker
Legatissimo (Ryan Moore) after winning the 1000 Guineas Newmarket 3.5.15 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Legatissimo will try to regain the winning thread in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood after narrow defeats in her last two starts.

Winner of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, David Wachman’s charge was edged out by just a short head when bidding for a Classic double in the Oaks before losing out by the same distance in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time.

Legatissimo holds an entry in the Darley Irish Oaks on July 18 but Wachman has indicated she will sidestep that race in favour of the 10-furlong Group One at Goodwood on August 1.

He said: “Legatissimo ran well in the Pretty Polly. She runs in the Nassau next hopefully.

“She came out of the race fine so we will try again. I’d say the Pretty Polly was a good race, the winner won well and the third was coming home well. The Nassau will be the same and it will be interesting.”

Trainer John Gosden would not be concerned if Golden Horn was forced into making the running again following his victory from the front in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

Although usually held up, the Derby winner and Frankie Dettori made virtually every yard of the running with a stunning performance in the mile-and-a-quarter Group One.

Gosden said: “Golden Horn has come out of the race well. He had a jog (on Monday morning) and he is on very good terms with himself.

“He had no choice but to make it (the running) once we drew one. If you let yourself get put in a box there and they are trotting to the bend you are asking for terrible trouble.

“As soon as the draw came out Frankie came round to see me and said, ‘You know what we are doing’.

“I’d prefer to see him coming off the pace as that is his best way of racing, but, on the other hand, if there is no pace we don’t have to be tucked out the back.”

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month has been mentioned as a next possible target for Golden Horn, though Gosden stressed no firm decision has yet been made.

Looking beyond his next run, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October, a race in which he would have to be supplemented, could also be on the cards, providing ground conditions are suitable.

Gosden said: “We are in no rush and will just take it a race at a time. He trains here happily at Newmarket and, luckily, he doesn’t read the newspapers.

“The Arc is a huge end-of-season target and it is potentially logical to think about it.”

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