Nassau the target for Snow Fairy

West Sussex jockey Ryan Moore
West Sussex jockey Ryan Moore
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Snow Fairy will bid to go one better than last summer and win the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at the Glorious Goodwood festival.

The prestigious contest for fillies and mares on Saturday, August 4, has attracted 24 entries.

Last term, Midday created history when she held off Snow Fairy to become the first three-time winner of the £185,000 race, which covers just less than 10 furlongs.

But with Khalid Abdulla’s star now retired, a new champion will be crowned this season.

Snow Fairy, who is trained by Ed Dunlop, is currently on her way back from an injury she sustained when winning under West Sussex jockey Ryan Moore in Japan back in November.

The Nassau could double as her comeback run.

And connections are keen on the 2010 Height of Fashion Stakes winner’s hopes of success on the Downs.

Patrick Cooper, racing manager for owners Anamoine Limited, said: ‘We’ll just see how we go but the Nassau Stakes is an option for Snow Fairy.

‘She is coming back from an injury, which she picked up in Hong Kong last year.

‘But she is back in Newmarket now and is in full training.

‘It will be great if she can get to Goodwood and, if she is ready, we will be there.

‘Her programme will hopefully be the same as last year.

‘We will be looking to go out to the Far East with her again at the end of the year, providing everything goes well.

‘We had considered the Eclipse for her but she wasn’t ready.

‘It may be the case she is a better filly in the second half of the season.’

Snow Fairy, a five-year-old daughter of Intikhab, has won five Group 1 races around the world, including the Oaks.

She was also a half-length runner-up to So You Think in the Irish Champion Stakes last season and a close third in both the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the QIPCO Champion Stakes.

Sir Henry Cecil, trainer of Midday, will hope Timepiece can continue his yard’s fine tradition in the race.

Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien has named Oaks winner Was among his five entries.