LEGATISSIMO ran out a most impressive winner of the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The Qipco 1000 Guineas heroine was continuing a magnificent season, having also just been beaten in the Investec Oaks and occupying the same position in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.
Frankie Dettori and Star Of Seville cut out the running in the Group One contest, tracked by the free-going Arabian Queen and Lady Of Dubai, but Legatissimo could be spotted going ominously well from some way out.
Given the office with just over a furlong to run by Wayne Lordan, the David Wachman-trained filly quickened smartly and while Wedding Vow came out of the pack to give chase, the 2-1 favourite was never going to be caught, winning with two-and-a-quarter lengths in hand.
Lordan said: “She’s a very high-class filly, she travels and has plenty of speed. She quickened up well when I asked her.
“She has everything, she was just unfortunate to lose out by a short head on two occasions, but she is back to her best again.
“I rode this filly earlier in her career, it’s unfortunate Ryan Moore is out with his injury, but I was delighted to get back on her.”
Part-owner Michael Tabor said: “She’s been a bit unlucky this year and she’s shown her true worth today. I didn’t really mind which one won [he also owns Wedding Vow], although having said that I preferred this filly to win, I think she deserved it. David is a very good trainer in his own right and I think he’s got a great future.”
Asked about the Juddmonte International, for which Paddy Power cut Legatissimo to 9-1 from 12-1, Tabor said: “It would be silly not to think about these possibilities, but I’ve not discussed it with Derrick [Smith] and John [Magnier].
“We have to try and do the best for each animal, but obviously we’ve got to look at these sorts of races for her. Hopefully we’ll have a strong hand at York, the Juddmonte is a beautiful race, but I don’t know if she’ll go there.”
Wachman said: “She’s a wonderful filly and has loads of class. She’s won a Guineas and won a Nassau, so you can’t say she’s been that unlucky, beaten two short heads, but still.
“She has a very high cruising speed and quickens well off it. Ten furlongs or a mile is made for her.
“She has a lot of options, she could go for the Matron, she could go anywhere, there’s plenty of good races for those fillies and mares. I’ll speak to the owners and we’ll see. She’s a good filly and I suppose the good ones keep improving.”
Meanwhile, Dettori continued his sensational week in the saddle after teaming up with fellow Italian Marco Botti to guide Golden Steps to victory in the Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Stakes. Having just missed the cut for the Stewards’ Cup, the 10-1 shot gained compensation with a ready win in the six-furlong handicap.
Settled in just behind the early pace which was cut out by Shore Step, the four-year-old gelding burst through with a well-timed run to collar Go Far inside the final furlong. Although Barnet Fair, in the hands of the soon-to-retire Richard Hughes, came with a late flourish on the far side rail in a bid to repeat his victory of 12 months ago, it was not enough, with Golden Steps having a length and a half to spar, giving Dettori his fifth winner of the meeting.
Botti said: “He won well and Frankie gave the horse a great ride. He travelled well and just held on to him and waited for the split. He came through very impressively and we knew there was a good race in him. Frankie is an amazing jockey and has done so well this week. It is great he has ridden a winner for me.”