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Midday - Goodwood - 30/07/2011

Midday won her third Nassau after holding off the challenge of Snow Fairy

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Midday holds off Fairy to notch Nassau hat-trick

Report: Glorious Goodwood, Saturday

Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Group 1), 1m 2f, 3yo+

MIDDAY became the first filly to win the Nassau Stakes three times with a popular success for Sir Henry Cecil on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.

Cecil was winning the race for a record eighth time as Midday posted her sixth win at the highest level and took her career earnings past the £2 million mark as she saw off globetrotter Snow Fairy. The winner's stablemate Principal Role finished third.

Midday was sent off the 6-4 favourite despite having her colours lowered in each of her last two starts, most recently by Misty For Me at the Curragh, and she rewarded her supporters with a polished performance to give Cecil and Queally their fifth success each in the inaugural Qipco British Champions Series.

The five-year-old wassettled in mid-division by Queally as Barefoot Lady and Field Day led them along, with Crystal Capella tracking the winner through the early stages as Snow Fairy and Principal Role were held up at the back.   

Both Midday and Crystal Capella began to make headway over four furlongs from home, with the pair sandwiching the leaders. Crystal Capella came under pressure as the pace began to wind up down the straight and it was Snow Fairy, herself a four-time winner at the highest level, who threw down the gauntlet as they raced into the final furlong. She was never able to get on terms with Midday though, who was two lengths clear crossing the line.

Cecil said: "She has done marvellous. She has won six Group 1s but has been unlucky not to have won more."

Cecil, who washaving his third winner of the festival, following success for Frankel on Wednesday and Chachamaidee on Friday, added: "It is lovely, it is all going well. They keep saying I am good with fillies but I have been very lucky over the years."

Regarding future plans for the winner, he continued: "If she is very well she could go for the Yorkshire Oaks now, but she will tell us what she can do."

Queally, who has ridden Midday in all bar one of her nine wins, added: "She is an absolute sweetheart. When I asked her to quicken I was aware that Frankie was thereabouts on Snow Fairy and she was clever enough to know what to do. It has been a brilliant week."

Queally, who has ridden Midday in all bar one of her nine wins, added: "She is an absolute sweetheart. When I asked her to quicken I was aware that Frankie was thereabouts on Snow Fairy and she was clever enough to know what to do. It has been a brilliant week."

Ed Dunlop, trainer of the runner-up, was pleased with her effort after seeing her finish fourth in the Eclipse on her return. He said: "We were obviously beaten by a better horse but it's a huge improvement on her first run and Frankie [Dettori] said she will improve again.

"She would have liked a stronger pace - she quickens very well off a fast pace but they went very slow early. We were getting back there and it's a very good run."

Crystal Capella eventually finished fourth on her first start at the highest level and her trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: "She has run a blinder. We knew it was dicey but we can't go in front with her - she has tobe relaxed so we knew it was going to be difficult.

"We also thought long and hard about running her this morning because the ground was quick enough. If the ground is suitable we would love to go to York."

 
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