07/28/2011 3:36PM

Goodwood: Midday won't be favored when she shoots for third Nassau win

Tom Keyser
Midday is expected to be second or third choice in the betting for Saturday's Nassau.

Midday can become the first filly or mare to win three runnings of the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in England on Saturday, but a win would be a slight surprise.

Midday, 5, is expected to be the second or third choice in the betting behind the upstart 3-year-old Misty for Me, trained by Aidan O’Brien, and the 4-year-old filly Snow Fairy. Midday and Misty for Me met for the first time in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland on June 25, which Misty for Me won by six lengths.

Misty for Me won the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas in May, but her record in England is disappointing with an 11th in the English 1000 Guineas and a fifth in the English Oaks during the spring.

Midday won the 2009 and 2010 Nassau, which is run over 1 1/4 miles. Last year, she followed the Nassau with a win in the Group  1 Prix Vermeille in France and a second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs. Midday won the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita in 2009.

This year, Midday has one win in three starts, the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York in May. She was second against males in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Epsom in June before the loss to Misty for Me as the 1-3 favorite.

Snow Fairy makes her second start of the year. The winner of a remarkable four Group 1 races in as many countries last year, she was fourth in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown earlier this month.

Goodwood Cup: Godolphin one-two

The Maktoum family’s Godophin racing finished one-two in the $163,000 Goodwood Cup over two miles on Thursday with 9-2 favorite Opinion Poll holding off a late run from Lost in the Moment, an 11-1 chance, to win by a head.

The first four finishers in the 15-runner race were separated by a half-length. Opinion Poll, a 5-year-old Irish-bred horse by Halling, took the lead a furlong from the finish under jockey Frankie Dettori, and was fully extended to hold the win, the second Group 2 win of his career.

On the same program, Masamah, a 4-1 chance ridden by Kevin Ryan, won the Group 2 King George Stakes over five furlongs.

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