Sir Henry Cecil hailed his ‘marvellous mare’ as Midday completed an unprecedented Nassau Stakes hat-trick on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.
Now a six-time Group 1 winner, the daughter of Oasis Dream had come into Saturday’s contest with questions to answer after a comprehensive defeat to three-year-old Misty For Me in Ireland last time out.
But the five-year-old 6/4 favourite silenced her critics in style, carrying jockey Tom Queally to a comfortable victory for the connections of superstar miler Frankel.
Newmarket handler Cecil, who has proven himself an expert trainer of fillies and mares, said: ‘I am very pleased.
‘Last year she became one of three to have won the race two times and now she has broken the record and won three.
‘She has won six Group 1s in her career and has been unlucky not to win another two or three more. She is a marvellous mare.’
Midday could now bid for back-to-back successes in the Yorkshire Oaks on August 18 – where she could face Nassau second Snow Fairy again.
‘Hopefully she will go for the Yorkshire Oaks but we’ll feel our way and she’ll tell us what we should do,’ added Cecil.
‘She might go to Ascot – for the Champion Stakes – but let’s see, all options are open.’
Despite failing to land a triumph on the final day, Richard Hughes and Richard Hannon were once again crowned top jockey and trainer at the five-day festival.
Five winners were enough for the team to defend their titles.
Hughes said: ‘It’s been another incredible week and I think the highlight was Harbour Watch (Richmond Stakes winner).
‘There was a lot expected of him and he certainly delivered.’
Saturday was a painful day for Ryan Moore, though.
The West Sussex rider, a three-time champion jockey, broke an arm and thumb in a nasty fall from Verdant in the Toyo Tires Summer Handicap.
The injury could rule Moore, who had begun the day in third place in the jockey’s championship, out for the season. His early target is to be fit again to ride Workforce, in his defence of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.
The Toyo Tires Summer Handicap was won by Petara Bay at 12/1.
Son Of The Cat was the 18/1 winner of the bluesquare.com Stewards’ Sprint Stakes, while the prestigious Blue Square Stewards’ Cup went to Hoof It, the 13/2 joint-favourite.
The Overtones EBF ‘Schiaparelli’ Maiden Stakes was won by Nawwaar and 10/1-shot Bayleyf took the Best Western Horses Help Heroes Nursery.
The final race of the festival – the Telegraph Apprentice Stakes – went to Albaqaa at 10/1.
– ROB ATKINS