Seize the day in Nassau

HENRY Cecil’s Midday looks a knocking bet to rack up successive wins in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes on the final day of Glorious Goodwood today.

The Warren Place maestro is renowned for his capabilities in the distaff department and Midday came mighty close to giving him yet another Oaks triumph when narrowly denied by Sariska at Epsom last June.

She got stuck in the mud behind the same rival in the Irish equivalent next time but opened her Group One account with an impressive performance in this event 12 months ago.

A fine third at Longchamp and a brilliant performance in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf rounded off an excellent three-year-old season and she was unlucky to once again bump into Sariska on her York reappearance.

Cecil has kept his powder dry since then with a view to an autumn campaign and in a race where there is not a great deal of strength in depth, Midday can once again stamp her class.

The ultra-competitive Stewards’ Cup is the main supporting contest on another exciting card, and the one that gets the vote is Sir Michael Stoute’s consistent filly Enact.

The Kyllachy filly has finished in the first three on each of her last five appearances and her fine second to Hawkeyethenoo on her reappearance at Newmarket suggested she is an improved horse this year.

She is certain to strip fitter now, remains very much unexposed and has the assistance of champion jockey Ryan Moore.

The highly-regarded Arcano has his sights lowered in the Unison The Trade Union And Thompsons Solicitors Conditions Stakes at Doncaster.

An unbeaten juvenile campaign culminating in success in the Prix Morny at Deauville had connections dreaming of Classic glory, but he was ultimately well beaten by Dick Turpin and Canford Cliffs on his Newbury return.

He has been given plenty of time off since then and may be in need of the run, but he should still prove a different class to these rivals if back on song.

At Newmarket, Smokey Oakey can gain a confidence-boosting win in the Adnams Distillery EBF Conditions Stakes.

Normandy Maid can confirm the promise of her debut third at Catterick and give Richard Fahey yet another winner in Thirsk’s EBF Maiden Stakes.

Our Jonathan has been found an excellent opportunity to open his account for the year in the Queensferry Stakes at Chester on Sunday.

Kevin Ryan’s speedy colt enjoyed a fantastic 2009 campaign, progressing from a Pontefract maiden success to plundering Pattern-race prizes at Ascot and in France.

He was forced to concede weight all round on his return to action at Ascot in April and after a slow start, he was far from disgraced in finishing sixth behind a very smart sort in Society Rock.

He should strip fitter now and has presumably been saved with an autumn campaign in mind.

He no longer has to carry a penalty for last year’s Group-race wins and must have every chance of landing this before going on to better things.

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