Nashwa: French Oaks heroine set for Saint-Cloud return forward of Royal Ascot and Arc targets | Racing Information
Proprietor-breeder Imad Alsagar is concentrating on the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and a attainable Arc bid with Nashwa forward of her reappearance at Saint-Cloud this weekend.
The John and Thady Gosden-trained Frankel filly loved a superb three-year-old marketing campaign, claiming Basic glory within the French Oaks below Hollie Doyle earlier than doubling her Group One tally within the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
She subsequently completed second within the Prix de l’Opera and fourth on the Breeders’ Cup, and with an preliminary plan to deliver her again in final week’s Middleton Stakes at York shelved, Nashwa as a substitute makes her return within the Group Two Prix Corrida on Sunday.
“Nashwa is in nice type,” Al Sagar advised Sky Sports activities Racing. “We have been concentrating on the Middleton at York as a prep race for foremost goal, which is the Prince of Wales’s at Royal Ascot, however she is a giant filly and takes loads of time to return handy, which she has now. Her work is great and we’re heading to Saint-Cloud on Sunday, hopefully.”
The outstanding proprietor mentioned he had no doubts about bringing Nashwa again into coaching as a four-year-old and is hopeful there could even be extra enchancment to return.
He added: “It was a quite simple choice as I do know the household.
“Her dam (Princess Loulou) was at her finest at 4, so that they thrive with age, and Nashwa is unquestionably no exception – she’s a stronger and larger filly this yr.”
Though his star filly seemingly didn’t see out the mile and a half when third within the Oaks at Epsom, Al Sagar hopes her stronger physique will give her an opportunity to take action this season, giving him hope of a possible tilt on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in October.
Contemplating future plans, he mentioned: “She’s entered within the Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes. It’s untimely in the mean time and we can have a greater thought after the Prince of Wales’s if all goes nicely.
“Going again to the Oaks final yr we went into unknown territory and he or she did not keep the mile and a half, however this yr, being stronger, we predict she would possibly attain that focus on and he or she’s entered within the Arc.
“Nashwa is a really particular filly with an ideal cruising pace and her temperament is phenomenal.”