Turf Talk: Nathra gives Gosden camp every chance of repeating Atalanta Stakes feat

Trainer John Gosden. PIC: Tim Goode/PA Wire
Trainer John Gosden. PIC: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Nathra could emerge the leading light in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown.

Trainer John Gosden won the Group Three a year ago with Persuasive and must surely fancy his chances of repeating the dose with this daughter of Iffraaj.

Trainer Charlie Appleby. PIC: John Giles/PA Wire

Trainer Charlie Appleby. PIC: John Giles/PA Wire

Runner-up in the Fillies’ Mile as a juvenile, the four-year-old has perhaps not quite kicked on as one might have expected.

But she ably demonstrated at Newbury last time that there are still good races to be won with her. Nathra was having just her second run of the year in the Hungerford Stakes – her seasonal debut can be forgotten about as she had no luck whatsoever – and she stayed on nicely to get to within two and a quarter lengths of Masaat.

That was an especially pleasing effort as she probably found seven furlongs too sharp, even in spite of the soft ground.

Gosden has made the utterly obvious decision to step back up to a mile in the Atalanta, and it should eke out just enough improvement to get her head in front.

Nathra is a proven operator when the mud is flying, but she is not a one-dimensional horse in that respect as she finished runner-up in the French 1000 Guineas on a decent surface. There are an awful lot of positives in an open-looking race and she should be backed.

The Solario Stakes is always a tricky one, but there could be some mileage in supporting Masar.

Godolphin’s young colt won a most informative novice stakes at Goodwood on his debut and was then given the go-ahead to run in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. Charlie Appleby was proud in defeat at the big meeting as he finished third behind September and Nyaleti in a hot renewal of the Listed race.

Masar has since been out of action, but fitness should not be an issue as his trainer has this season consistently yielded positive dividends by adopting patient tactics with his juveniles.


BEVERLEY: 2.05 Frolic, 2.40 Equiano Springs, 3.15 Judicial (next best), 3.50 Sandra’s Secret, 4.25 Sheepscar Lad (treble), 5.00 Mudaarab, 5.35 Proud Archi, 6.05 I’m Super Too.

CHELMSFORD: 5.50 Ocean Temptress, 6.20 Tarnhelm, 6.50 Algam, 7.20 Westerland, 7.50 El Hayem, 8.20 Big Tour, 8.50 Dowayla.

CHESTER: 1.40 Ateem, 2.10 Who Dares Wins, 2.45 Sharp Defence, 3.20 El Atronaute, 3.55 Deviate, 4.30 Liberatum, 5.05 Angel Gabrial.

HAMILTON: 4.15 Whipphound, 4.50 Equitant, 5.25 Colour Contrast, 6.00 Isabella, 6.35 Katebird, 7.05 Wensley, 7.35 Jessinamillion.

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.15 Bach De Clermont, 2.50 Theatre Mill, 3.25 Dear Sire, 4.00 Free Stone Hill, 4.35 Vikekhal, 5.10 Oriental Fixer, 5.40 Ashkoun.

SANDOWN: 1.50 Bahamian Sunrise, 2.25 Masar, 3.00 NATHRA (NAP), 3.35 Shabbah, 4.10 Alkhalifa, 4.45 Grand Inquisitor, 5.20 New Agenda.