07/29/2009 11:00PM

Nassau upset in the making


Moneycantbuymelove can improve off a pair of sharp listed race scores to take the Group 1, $327,000 Nassau Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile race at Goodwood on Saturday.

Trained by Michael Bell, Moneycantbuymelove won her maiden winning the Height of Fashion Stakes over the Nassau course and distance in May before cutting back to a mile to take the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot last month.

While not quite as accomplished as some of her Nassau rivals, Moneycantbuymelove is a course specialist, an important factor when handicapping races around Goodwood's tricky turns and undulations.

Midday is the probable favorite. A head second in the English Oaks, she was a distant third in the Irish Oaks but was second in a 1 1/4-mile allowance at Epsom behind Debussy, the winner of the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam last Sunday.

George Strawbridge's European juvenile filly champ Rainbow View has been a disappointment this year. Fourth in the English Oaks, seven lengths behind Midday, she was most recently 1 1/4 lengths fourth behind Goldikova in the one-mile Falmouth Stakes. Ten furlongs may be her best distance but she will have to prove it on Saturday.

The red-hot Michael Stoute will saddle Falmouth runner-up Heaven Sent, who was a close fourth in last year's Nassau. Spacious, third in the Falmouth, picks up the services of Frankie Dettori, while Katiyra is a Group 2 winner at the distance at the Curragh.

Schiaparelli takes Goodwood Cup

At Goodwood on Thursday, the 3-2 favorite Schiaparelli put a smile on the faces of Godolphin with a game score in the Group 2, $164,000 Goodwood Cup, holding on to defeat Mourilyan by a length in the two-mile contest.

Dettori put the 6-year-old Schiaparelli on the lead at the half-mile pole and held the German-bred together to the line. The winning time was 3:25.18 for Schiaparelli, who had won three 1 1/2-mile Group 1's in Germany and Italy in 2007.

* Having failed when sent to stud last winter, Kingsgate Native proved a resounding success in the Group 3, $114,000 King George Stakes. The 4-year-old Kingsgate Native finished strongly at 7-1 to defeat Total Gallery by 2 3/4 lengths, completing five furlongs in 57.96 seconds.