Crimplene a material girl

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Crimplene proved she stays a mile and a quarter by winning the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood yesterday. The Clive Brittain-trained filly, the 7-4 favourite, never gave her backers a moment of worry as she beat Ela Athena by a length and three-quarters with Princess Ellen a further two and a half lengths back in third.

Crimplene proved she stays a mile and a quarter by winning the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood yesterday. The Clive Brittain-trained filly, the 7-4 favourite, never gave her backers a moment of worry as she beat Ela Athena by a length and three-quarters with Princess Ellen a further two and a half lengths back in third.

Having already landed the German and Irish 1,000 and the Coronation Stakes over a mile, Crimplene confirmed her class and versatility. She may run next in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville and the Breeders' Cup Distaff over nine furlongs on dirt at Churchill Downs is her end-of-season target.

Brittain was confident Crimplene would have no problems with the trip and was happy to let Philip Robinson ride it as he found it. Brittain said: "I left it up to Philip. If they went too slow we were going to go on. If they went too fast we were going to sit as she's got the turn of foot and can come from behind. The odds were in our favour because we've got a class animal. She's an unusual filly. She gets better as she races. That's why I had to take her to Yarmouth recently to give her a proper racecourse gallop. She needed that to get her going. She'd had a hard time and I'd then given her an easy time. I had to be sure she was there."

David Nicholls at last triumphed as a trainer in the race in which he enjoyed his finest moment as a jockey as Tayseer won the Stewards' Cup. It was 18 years ago that Nicholls, based at Thirsk in North Yorkshire, steered home Soba in the historic sprint handicap. He said: "Winning the race as a trainer is better than doing it as a jockey because I can have a few drinks tonight."

Tayseer reaped the benefit of the skills of Richard Hughes, who had won this race previously with Shikari's Son (1995) and Harmonic Way last year. In typical fashion, Hughes was content to bide his time before producing Tayseer in the final furlong on the far side. The 13-2 chance used his potent turn of foot to come home one and half lengths clear of Bon Ami. It was the same distance back to Cubism in third with the Nicholls-trained Royal Result in fourth. Nicholls said: "I actually fancied Royal Result more than this one. I wasn't sure about six furlongs for Tayseer."

Tayseer had mainly been campaigned at longer distances this season with his biggest previous victory coming in the seven-furlong Bunbury Cup at Newmarket. But Henry Rix, who owns the horse with Jonathan Ramsden, said: "We bought him with these type of races in mind and we were surprised he did well over longer distances. But he did run well over six furlongs earlier in the season when he wasn't well-drawn."

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