Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Nassau Stakes and pick out their 1-2-3...
"Hugely progressive filly..."
Timeform on Fancy Blue
1. Deirdre (Mitsuru Hashida/Oisin Murphy)
Japanese mare who took this contest 12 months ago and returned as good as ever after 4 months off when five lengths fifth of 7 to Ghaiyyath in Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Much respected in her follow-up bid.
2. Lavender's Blue (Amanda Perrett/William Buick)
Made up into a smart filly in 2019, landing Sandown Group 3, and not disgraced after 8 months off when fading seventh to Nazeef in Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. This is a big ask, though.
3. Magic Wand (Aidan O'Brien/Frankie Dettori)
Very smart mare who arrives on the back of a good fourth behind Ghaiyyath in the Eclipse at Sandown when ridden more patiently than usual. Solid contender back against her own sex.
4. Nazeef (John Gosden/Jim Crowley)
Most likeable filly who enhanced her fine strike rate with best run yet when winning Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket by neck from Billesdon Brook. Will be at least as effective at 10f, so good claims.
5. Queen Power (Sir Michael Stoute/Silvestre De Sousa)
Landed 10f Newbury listed event last term and she shaped as though return to that trip would be ideal when third to Nazeef in Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. Smart but has fair bit to find.
6. Fancy Blue (Donnacha O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Hugely progressive filly who proved suited by the step up in trip when winning Prix de Diane at Chantilly by a head from Alpine Star. Earlier fine second in Irish 1000 Guineas. More to come so the one to beat.
7. One Voice (Jessica Harrington/Tom Marquand)
Improving filly who landed Group 3 at Leopardstown before excellent fifth to Lemista in Group 2 at the Curragh when suffering very poor run. This is far tougher but she shouldn't be underestimated.
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Timeform's Nassau Stakes Analyst Verdict:
A fascinating Nassau but 3-y-os have won it 6 times since 2012 and FANCY BLUE is a confident choice to continue the trend. Donnacha O'Brien's improving filly arrives off the back of victory in the Prix de Diane, gained on only her fourth start, and can end the long winning run of Falmouth Stakes heroine Nazeef. Magic Wand and last year's winner Deirdre look next best in that order.
1. Fancy Blue
3. Magic Wand