French filly Qemah powers to victory at Royal Ascot
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Andrew Dietz 1:06PM 22 JUN 2016
CORONATION STAKES heroine Qemah could be assigned another trip to Britain with connections weighing up the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained filly featured among 37 entries for the £600,000 Group 1 on July 30, which is Europe’s richest race for fillies and mares.
Minding, who is set to take on her elders in Saturday’s Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, is one of 12 entries for Aidan O’Brien alongside Found, Even Song and Ballydoyle.
Prix Saint-Alary winner Jemayel, who like Qemah is trained by Rouget and owned by Al Shaqab Racing, is also in the reckoning for the 1m2f contest.
Harry Herbert, racing manager for Al Shaqab Racing, said: “Qemah has come out of Royal Ascot very well. There have been no plans as yet about where she will run next.
“I suspect Jean-Claude will keep her to a mile but she is in the Qatar Nassau Stakes just so we have options. A race like the Falmouth might be more likely if it does not come too soon.”
Jemayel ‘a likely runner’
Herbert added: “I think Jemayel would have been closer in the Prix de Diane as it was a rough race. The start did not go to plan really and then she was quite badly squeezed just as she was making a nice move. It was a satisfactory run under the circumstances.
“She may just be off the very top level but she is a Group 1 winner and there are not too many options for her. I would guess that she is quite a likely runner at Goodwood.”