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Ambivalent (far): made all to win the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes last time

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Ambivalent could chase Group 1 win in Nassau

AMBIVALENT could get the chance to claim a second Group 1 win after appearing among a strong list of entries for the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood next month.

Trained by Roger Varian for Ali Saeed, Ambivalent made all under a canny ride from jockey Johnny Murtagh to capture the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on her last start.

Varian believes his filly is good enough "to hold her own at Group 1 level" and she will need to be with last year's Nassau winner The Fugue, Just The Judge, Moth, Secret Gesture, Sky Lantern, Snow Fairy and Talent just some of the names among the 34 runners revealed on Thursday.

Varian said: "It was great to see Ambivalent win the Pretty Polly Stakes. I think that she was suited by the change of tactics and how the race panned out for her - that's not to say that she needs to be ridden from the front every time, but it certainly paid off for her at the Curragh. 

"She's pretty versatile between ten and 12 furlongs and she also has an entry in the Yorkshire Oaks. She's a good filly and she has shown that she can hold her own in Group 1 company."

Varian could also be represented by Dancewiththedevil, a multiple Grade 1 winner in South Africa who finished eighth of nine in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on her debut for the trainer.

"I wasn't disappointed with Dancewiththedevil at Royal Ascot. She took quite a while to acclimatise and I think that run has really brought her forward considerably," Varian added.

"I would be expecting a much bolder run wherever we decide to go next with her. She's a five-time Grade 1 winner in South Africa and a real superstar out there."

Entries for the Group 2 bet365 Lennox Stakes were also revealed on Thursday with Group 1 winner Gordon Lord Byron the star among the 28 runners.

His trainer Tom Hogan said: "At this stage, Gordon Lord Byron will either be heading to Goodwood for the Lennox Stakes or to Deauville for the Prix Maurice de Gheest. 

"He has been pretty good since Ascot. We decided to give the July Cup a miss with him and he will head to the Curragh on July 20 for the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes before going on to Goodwood or Deauville."

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