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Goodwood: Rosanara will take her chance in Nassau Stakes

French filly Rosanara has been supplemented for the Blue Square Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.

The daughter of Sinndar missed her intended engagement in the Irish Oaks after playing up when boarding her flight and connections have decided to stump up the required £17,000 to add her to the field.

Alain de Royer-Dupre's grey will travel by road in order to avoid a similar scenario this time and Georges Rimaud, racing manager for the owner the Aga Khan, feels she heads to Britain with strong claims.

"She will run on Saturday and is in very good form," said Rimaud.

"We had the problem with the plane when we hoped to run in the Irish Oaks but she is much better travelling by truck on the road, so that should be fine.

"She was hitting her head and a number of different things on the plane and she is possibly a bit claustrophobic.

"She got terribly excited and it wasn't worth taking off with a horse that was not happy. I don't think we would even have been able to take off.

"I believe the 10 furlongs should be OK for her but she would possibly be better over a mile and a half.

"The ground does not matter to her and we hope she can put up a good performance."

Rosanara features among 12 entries following the confirmation stage with last year's winner Midday a major contender for Henry Cecil.

Saeed bin Suroor could saddle Antara and Hibaayeb, while Aidan O'Brien's Famous and the Jim Bolger-trained Akdarena may make the journey from Ireland.

Stacelita is another interesting French entry, David Elsworth can call on Barshiba and Myplacelater while Strawberrydaiquiri, Contredanse and Rumoush complete the field in the feature race of the weekend .

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