Nashwa Seeking More Group One Glory In Prix de l'Opera

James Mackie | @jamesmackieee


Dual Group One winner Nashwa is looking to land a hat-trick of black type victories as she has been given the target of the Prix de l'Opera instead of taking on Baaeed in the Juddmonte International.

Making her debut as a juvenile over seven furlongs at Newmarket she finished a fair third in a fillies' Novice Stakes and was put away for this season.

Sent to Haydock for her seasonal debut this term she bolted up by close to six lengths, really putting her name on the map and then next time out she backed that up at Newbury in a Listed Fillies' event over 10f.

All roads lead to the Oaks at Epsom and running a cracker again she finished a superb third behind Tuesday and stablemate Emily Upjohn.

Tackling the French Oaks back at her preferred trip of 1m2f next time out she showed pace and stamina to take the 17 runner Group One.

Off the back of that she was primed for a crack at the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and having drifted throughout the day she went on to win easily.

A very smart daughter of Frankel she is now set to head back over to France for the Group One Prix de l'Opera and although the nostalgia of heading to York for the Juddmonte had been murmured, it won't happen.

(Credit ATR) Racing Manager to Imad Al Sagar Teddy Grimthorpe said: “While it would be a lovely thought (to run in the Juddmonte) it is not something Imad is considering at the moment.

“She came out of the Nassau really well so we’re just looking at the various options. She’s in very good form.

“She certainly has the scope to make a nice four-year-old, but that would be entirely up to Imad in terms of how she is.“

The main thing is there is a bit of running to do this year and then take a look at the options, but she’d look a very interesting four-year-old prospect.

“I think the Prix de l’Opera has been in John’s mind since the Diane, really, so that is on the cards. But we’ll keep our eyes open.”

He added: “She’s not dissimilar to Frankel when you look at her head, and she certainly has a good turn of foot – her sectionals were most impressive at Goodwood.”