Fancy Blue heads for summit
Blue, who became the first Group One winner in Britain for his 22-year-old first-season trainer Donnacha O’Brien, is the new leader in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse of the Year 2020.
The filly’s victory in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, following a Classic triumph in the Prix de Diane in July, put her ahead of Stradivarius, whose fourth victory in the Goodwood Cup was one of the highlights of the meeting.
Having secured his status as one of racing’s all-time great stayers, Stradivarius’s target could now be the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Europe’s biggest Flat race is also the principal goal for stablemate
Enable, who is seeking an unprecedented third victory. Stradivarius’s presence would mean Frankie Dettori having to desert one of his favourite partners at Longchamp.
Enable confirmed she remains among the best in the world with a historic third victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and keep herself in the running for Cartier Horse of the Year honours, which she won in 2017 and 2018. No horse has won the prize three times.