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It looked like Mehdaayih was going to keep John Gosden and Frankie Dettori on the crest of a wave in the closing stages of the Qatar Nassau Stakes.
The trainer/jockey combination had won significant prizes with Enable, Stradivarius and Too Darn Hot in the previous days and Mehdaayih did her best to keep the sequence going, only to be collared by Japanese raider Deidre late in the scene after making much of the running.
“The race went great even though I didn’t think we would make the running. Mehdaayih broke well – unlike her – and I noticed that Frankie [Dettori] and Ryan [Moore on Hermosa] were up there wanting to control the race and they went a bit hard for the first furlong,” John Gosden, her trainer, said.
“Mehdaayih has run a blinder and looked like she had got it won, but Deirdre slipped up the inside rail. It is a fantastic result for racing.
“For a young filly, Mehdaayih was a long time in front and she got a little bit lonely. I left the tactics open, I said that if she didn’t break well to bring her wide on the outside, but if she did break well to, by all means, ride it has you find it. A young filly like this, she has never been in front in her life.
“I think we will freshen her up, Frankie was quite keen to freshen her up and go for the Prix de l’Opera.”
Dettori said: “She ran a super race. We were beaten by an older mare but no complaints.”
Gosden added: “I think to bring Deirdre over here from Japan and win a Group One like this, at a great festival, it is fantastic for international racing and for Japanese racing. If we were going to be beaten, I am delighted to be beaten by the Japanese.
“I saw Deirdre as a threat today, I have seen her train across the road in Newmarket and I know her form. She is a tough race mare, a real pro, and her owners are the most charming people.
“It is a fabulous result for racing. We have had two fabulous results today, the charity race and this. I think it is wonderful for racing and wonderful for the country.”
Mehdaayih disappointed in France on her latest start.