08/01/2009 12:00AM

Midday enjoys footing at Goodwood


Midday took advantage of a midafternoon rainstorm that softened the turf at Goodwood on Saturday to win the $329,000 Nassau Stakes.

Third last time on heavy ground in the Irish Oaks to Sariska, the same filly that had beaten her by a head in the English Oaks, Midday was going away at the end of this 1 1/4-mile Group 1, ultimately beating Rainbow View by 2 1/4 lengths.

The going was good at Goodwood at the start of the day but the rain changed the ground to soft before the start of the second race. Running through thick fog, the 11-2 Midday and her rider, Tim Queally, surged to the lead approaching the quarter pole. The 5-2 favorite Rainbow View gave chase but could never close the gap, holding on for second over two-time listed winner Moneycantbuymelove. Midday's time on ground labeled soft was 2:09.42.

Prior to her Oaks placings, Midday had won the listed 1 7/16-mile Lingfield Oaks Trial, but trainer Henry Cecil said that he would keep the Juddmonte Farms homebred daughter of Oasis Dreams to 1 1/4 miles, suggesting that the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp on Oct. 4 would be her next assignment.

Rainbow View ran as well as she had when finishing 1 1/4 lengths fourth to Goldikova in the one-mile Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, but she is now winless in four starts after her championship 2-year-old season. Moneycantbuymelove continues to improve. Her trainer, Michael Bell, who also trains Sariska, said that he is thinking of sending her to Woodbine for the E.P. Taylor on Oct. 17.

Earlier on the card, Zacinto made a winning return to the races, taking the listed one-mile Thoroughbred Stakes by a head from Hartley as the 5-2 favorite. This was the first race in 10 1/2 months for Zacinto, who had been installed as the favorite for the 2000 Guineas after winning his maiden by eight lengths first time out at Sandown last summer. He had followed with a neck second to Westphalia in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes, but missed the Guineas due to a series of unspecified setbacks.

Zacinto is nominated to the one-mile Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but trainer Michael Stoute hinted that he may yet prove best at 1 1/4 miles.