Nathra wins Nell Gwyn to set up Classic tilt

Nathra (Frankie Dettori) win the Nell Gwyn Stakes

Nathra (right) winning the Nell Gwyn under Frankie Dettori

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Report: Newmarket, Tuesday

Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) 7f, turf, 3yo fillies

NATHRA will face much stiffer competition if she lines up in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas in just over a fortnight’s time, but she could do no more than win on Tuesday and she did so in good style.

Backed into 5-4 favouritism, last year’s Dubai Fillies’ Mile runner-up clearly benefited from her previous experience of the Rowley Mile as she powered out of the dip to clear away from her rivals.

Frankie Dettori was afforded the opportunity of a glance between his legs crossing the line, with BoyleSports going a standout 12-1, while several firms went as short as 8-1.

Minding form advertised

It was a fine effort by Nathra, who was tipped by Pricewise in Tuesday’s Racing Post, and demonstrated her abundant stamina as she returned to 7f.

It was Squash, last seen finishing ninth of 11 runners in the Listed Spring Cup Stakes on the Polytrack at Lingfield, who emerged from the chasing cavalry to take second, a length and a half away.

Robanne took third place, a further three quarters of a length adrift.

The bad news for her connections, however, is that the win only served to further enhance the 1,000 Guineas claims of Minding, the Aidan O’Brien-trained winner of the Dubai Fillies’ Mile, who is as short as 7-4 for next month’s Classic and no bigger than 9-4.

May sidestep Minding

As a result, trainer John Gosden admitted he may elect to head for the French 1,000 Guineas instead of re-opposing Minding back at the Rowley Mile on May 1.

“She travelled into the race well and we’re very happy,” said the champion trainer. “It pays a huge compliment to Minding.

“This filly is engaged at Newmarket and Deauville and we’ll leave those options open.”


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