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Nassau aim for Pretending

Just Pretending is all set to tackle the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 3 following her good run in the Darley Irish Oaks.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien feels the daughter of Giant's Causeway will be suited by the step back to a mile and a quarter after she finished a close third behind French raider Chicquita in the fillies' Classic at the Curragh on Saturday evening.

"We'll bring her back to the mile-and-a-quarter race at Goodwood," said O'Brien.

The Ballydoyle handler also saddled Irish Oaks runner-up Venus De Milo and he plans to drop the lightly-raced Duke Of Marmalade filly in grade for the Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork on August 6 for her next start.

"She gets a mile and a half well. She might go for the race in Cork," he said.


From Belfast Telegraph