Midday, one of the ante-post market principals for the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 30, may miss the contest and head instead to a rematch with St Nicholas Abbey in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot a week earlier, writes Elliot Slater.
As short as 3/1 in the Glorious Goodwood betting, Sir Henry Cecil’s mare may well be called in to replace Sir Michael Stoute’s Workforce in the big Ascot showpiece with last year’s Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner unlikely to be risked on quick ground in a race that saw him register his worst career performance last term when beaten a long way into fifth by Harbinger in what proved to be a record breaking contest. Both Workforce and Midday are owned by Prince Khaled Abdullah, and the Saudi royal is keen to see his colours in the starting line-up at Ascot.
Midday, a winner of five races at Group 1 level, beat French star Stacellita in fine style in last year’s renewal of the Nassau Stakes before following up in the Yorkshire Oaks on the Knavesmire three weeks later (beating dual Oaks heroine Snow Fairy by three lengths). She later completed a hat-trick of top flight victories by scoring in Paris in September when beating local star Plumania in brave fashion in the Prix Vermeille.
The five-year-old daughter of Oasis Dream than ran another tremendous race to be beaten just a neck when bidding for her second successive Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs in November. Anyone who follows the Betfair horserace betting will know how good she can look.
Second to St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June having opened her account this term with a victory in the Middleton Stakes at York in May, Midday found Misty For Me too sharp for her over the 10 furlongs of the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh and Cecil suspects that she is ideally suited by the longer ‘King George’ trip of a mile-and-a-half these days.