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Nic Ladds 30th Jul 2009 - 13:02

Kinane and Katiyra look the perfect match in the Nassau

Trainers will breathe a sigh of a relief that Aidan O'Brien, winner of the last two Nassau stakes, does not have an entry this year, but five-time winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute does, Heaven Sent priced at odds of 13/2.

Heaven Sent is such a consistent performer but she is yet to win above Group 2 level and she has not exactly found an easy opportunity here in the Nassau to open her account.

Her trainer knows what is required to take this but looking back over the last 20 years, no six-year-olds have won this race and a host of likely winners lurk at the top of the market.

None more so than Midday who is currently the 3/1 favourite as she finished a close second behind Sariska before being beaten by further next time at the Curragh by the same horse.

Henry Cecil will be relieved to see no Sariska in the line up this time though and he should have little to fear from the likes of Rainbow View who simply does not look the same horse who was such a superstar.

John Gosden's charge was certainly a superstar as a two-year-old winning all her four starts and huge things were expected this season.

However Rainbow View has not won in four starts so far this season and was well beaten by Midday at Epsom and in every race, the stable have come up with an excuse but for me, the excuses have run out and she just does not look like he has come on as much as expected from two-years-old.

It can be argued that this is his optimum trip and if the ground comes up soft then Rainbow View should be on the premises but this frustrating horse has blown all his chances so far and looks opposable here at 9/2.

High Heeled may be favoured by some at 12/1 after her surprising third in the Oaks and easy ground could throw her right in to the picture, but she has it to find with Midday on Oaks running and while a much bigger price, a win looks a bit too much to ask.

Spacious looks to be improving with age, most notably taking the Windsor Forest Stakes by beating Heaven Sent in to second before finishing second to Stoute's horse at Newmarket in the Falmouth.

The extra furlong here should be an advantage to Spacious but he is yet to win a Group 1 race and looks to have a tough task on his hands overhauling Midday but could reward each way backers at 6/1.

An interesting each way option is Katiyra at odds of 9/1 who still looks to be improving with age. This Oaks third in 2008 won well at the Curragh before rattling home late to grab third in France.

She perhaps looked a little out of her depth last time in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes but reportedly was blowing hard at the end of the race and has since been the subject of much more favourable reports from home and you can see her staying on late in the day to grab a place at the least.

8/1 chance Moneycantbuymelove won very well last time but this is a huge step up from Listed class and is best watched.

Midday is a worthy favourite on her Oaks running and she doesn't have Sariska to tackle this time much to her trainer's relief.

At the prices though a chance is taken each way with Katiyra who looks sure to improve more and glowing reports from her stable do much to inspire confidence.

Recommendation:

Katiyra e/w - 9/1

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