James Fanshawe stories Audarya firmly heading in the right direction to bid for a 3rd Group One victory within the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood subsequent week.
The daughter of Wootton Bassett loved a outstanding marketing campaign in 2020 – progressing from a slim handicap victory on the all-weather at Newcastle to touchdown top-level honours in each the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville after which the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland.
Audarya additionally made a extremely encouraging return to motion when runner-up to Love within the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot final month, and Fanshawe has been delighted together with her subsequent coaching.
Talking from his Pegasus Stables in Newmarket on Monday, he mentioned: “Audarya appears in actually good type. We have had the Qatar Nassau Stakes in thoughts for some time, and he or she’s been coaching properly since Ascot.
“You by no means fairly understand how match they’re after such an extended hole between races – however she put in efficiency, and we have been steering her in direction of this race ever since Ascot.”
Fanshawe is hopeful Audarya will enhance from her Ascot comeback run, including: “The handicapper saved her score at 117 after the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, however I felt it was a extremely good efficiency.
“I hope she will enhance. It exhibits how far she’s come, on condition that she began off in a Group One this yr. Final yr, her first win of the season got here on her third begin when profitable a handicap off 99 on August 2 at Newcastle, so this season already appears very completely different.”
With Audarya having already proved her versatility when it comes to observe and floor, Fanshawe feels she has lots going for her within the Nassau.
However he’s nonetheless respectful of the opposition.
Her potential rivals within the £600,000 contest embrace gifted three-year-olds Snow Lantern and Santa Barbara, who will all obtain a 9lb weight-for-age-allowance from Fanshawe’s cost.
He mentioned: “She received her Group Ones at Deauville and Keeneland, that are each flat tracks. However she did win a handicap at Goodwood over a mile as a three-year-old when she proved she will deal with the observe.
“When it comes to floor, she has run on every little thing. It was very testing when she received the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville, and so they broke the observe file on agency floor when she received the Filly and Mare Turf at Keeneland.
“I used to be taking a look on the file of three-year-olds within the race, and it is vitally good – 5 of the final six winners have been three.
“They get 9lbs from the older fillies and mares – which is numerous weight – however it’s the identical as at Ascot, and we go there with a filly who’s in good type and hopefully we will overcome that.”