Horse Racing

QEII The Pick For Nashwa On Saturday

Nashwa and Hollie Doyle | Scoop Dyga

Multiple Group 1 winner Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) will run in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, owner Blue Diamond Stud announced via X (Twitter) on Wednesday evening.

“Confirmed: Nashwa will run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday,” Imad Al Sagar’s operation tweeted.

Al Sagar’s homebred won both the G1 Prix de Diane and G1 Nassau S. as a 3-year-old for John and Thady Gosden. She added her third Group 1 in the Falmouth S. this July, and has three consecutive placings at the highest level later in the campaign. Third defending her title in the Nassau in August, she was a good second in the International S. at York later that month, and was most recently third in the Irish Champion S. in Ireland in September.

The one-mile QEII was not the only race on Champions Day under consideration for the regular mount of Hollie Doyle. The 10-furlong G1 QIPCO Champion S. was also a potential target until Wednesday evening’s announcement.

Doyle said earlier this week, “I think she’s very versatile and very effective whatever the ground and whatever the trip.

“You need horses like her, she’s carried me now for the past two years and she always produces the goods.”

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