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Midday still a horse to watch

29th February, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off

Midday’s victory in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year was a record in the race for the most number of wins in the Group One for fillies and mares.
Sir Henry Cecil’s five-year old won the 1m1f contest for the third consecutive year under jockey Tom Queally ahead of former Oaks winner Snow Fairy and Crystal Capella.

The victory at Goodwood brought up Midday’s sixth Group One success of her career that includes the Yorkshire Oaks, Qatar Prix Vermeille and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita in 2009. The latter in America was Cecil’s first win of any sort at a Breeders’ Cup meeting as she justified going off 15/8 favourite for the Grade One turf race which held entries from all over the world. People looking at the best online Goodwood odds should remember this.

Following her third Nassau Stakes crown, Midday ran second behind stablemate Twice Over in the Juddmonte Stakes at York. She then finished a respectable fourth in the Qipco British Champion Stakes at Ascot before ending the season near the rear of the field in the Breeders’ Cup Turf that was won by Aidan O’Brien’s St Nicholas Abbey.

Midday didn’t perform to her best at Churchill Downs as she looked to be suffering from what has been a long season for her in what was her seventh run of the year.

At the age of six, Cecil’s mare is aiming for more Group One successes this season. She is likely to start her campaign at York in the Middleton Stakes, the same race she won 12 months ago ahead of Sajjhaa, with Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood also targets later into the year.

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