Fancy Blue fended off fellow Irish raider One Voice to win the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Trained by Donnacha O'Brien, Fancy Blue gave the young handler a landmark first Classic success when lifting the Prix de Diane on her most recent start and she added to those gains with a gutsy performance.

Favourite Magic Wand, trained by O'Brien's father, Aidan, set a steady pace up front and Fancy Blue sat on her heels throughout before Ryan Moore gave her the signal to go on.

Magic Wand tried to go with the winner, but she was a spent force and One Voice emerged as Fancy Blue's main rival in the final furlong.

However, Fancy Blue was just too strong in the finish, prevailing by a neck at 11-4 from One Voice (20-1).

Moore told ITV Racing: "Donnacha said he was very happy with her. She won a Diane and we thought it was a good race.

"She's still a little bit babyish and possibly running downhill and the quick ground wasn't ideal for her, but she's very genuine. She has a great attitude.

"Donnacha was excited with her at the start of the week. He felt she had a big race in her today.

"I think she'll get the mile and a half. Obviously the Arc is a long way away yet.

"It was an evenly-run race and the best filly won."

The winning trainer said: "We were very happy with her coming into the race. Her work had been really good, she was in fantastic form and everything had gone perfectly to plan, so we were full of confidence.

"We'll give her a little break now as she's had a busy start to the year and there's not much for her for a few weeks.

"We might look at Irish Champions Weekend, whether that's going back to a mile for the Matron Stakes or running in the Irish Champion Stakes, we'll see.

"After that we'll probably go on to Arc weekend, where she could run in either the Prix de l'Opera or the Arc itself.

"After that it will either be the Breeders' Cup or there is a race for her in Japan in the middle of November - the Queen Elizabeth, I think it is. It's a race for big money and she gets a bonus for that after winning the Prix de Diane.

"I'm sure the Japanese people would love to see her (as a daughter of Deep Impact). I know from when I was riding Saxon Warrior (a son of Deep Impact) he got a good following from the Japanese fans and it was somewhere I always wanted to go.

"We're not really sure what's going on in America and what will happen to the Breeders' Cup, but they're the options we're looking at."

 

Mogul (9-2) opened his account for the season with a hard-fought success in the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes.

Well-touted during the winter as a leading Classic contender, Aidan O'Brien's charge was only fourth on his return at Royal Ascot before finishing sixth in the Derby at the beginning of the month.

This Group Two affair was something of an Epsom rerun, with second-placed Khalifa Sat, fast-finishing fifth English King and 10th-placed Highland Chief all renewing rivalry, with English King sent off favourite.

It was Subjectivist who set out to make all though, building up a healthy lead that he did not relinquish easily once the race began to heat up in the straight.

Khalifa Sat was the first to really challenge, but while Subjectivist repelled his spurt he could not find another gear as first Highland Chief and then Mogul swept down the outside.

It was Mogul who had most in reserve, responding to Ryan Moore's urging to pull three-quarters of a length clear at the line, with Highland Chief second and Subjectivist hanging on for third.

English King appeared to be in trouble from over two furlongs out and had to settle for fourth.

O'Brien said of the winner: "We always felt he was a lovely horse, but we always felt he was going to take two runs and we were hoping to get that into him before the Derby. Obviously the Derby was only his second run and today was his third.

"He's built like a miler - he's a big, strong, powerful horse who carries a lot of weight, so it was always going to take racing to get him tuned up.

"We were delighted with him today and we still think there's more to come from him."

Mogul could be set for a rematch with his Derby-winning stablemate Serpentine in France on his next appearance, with O'Brien viewing Santiago a more obvious contender for the St Leger at Doncaster.

O'Brien added: "We're thinking of going to the Grand Prix de Paris next - that was the plan if everything went well today.

"We felt that was a race that would suit and if both horses (Mogul and Serpentine) are well and we feel it's the right thing to do, they'll both run.

"We think so (Santiago is the yard's main St Leger contender), but there are other horses there. We'll see as we get a bit closer.

"We weren't really sure whether Mogul would get a mile and a half or not, but he toughed it out and it looked like he got it today."

Supremacy (11-2) lived up to his name with a dominant display in the Qatar Richmond Stakes.

Sixth on his Windsor debut in mid-June, Clive Cox's youngster showed the benefit of that initial experience with a facile victory at the same venue earlier this month.

The Mehmas colt looked to have plenty on his plate stepping up to Group Two level, with a lofty standard set by William Haggas' Windsor Castle and July Stakes runner-up Yazaman, but Supremacy proved more than up to the task.

Ridden by Adam Kirby, the youngster was quickly away from the stalls, which allowed him to move across the track from his wide draw and grab the rail.

Challengers were queuing up racing inside the final two furlongs, but the further Supremacy went the better he looked and he was good value for the winning margin of four lengths.

Yazaman was under pressure some way from home, but boxed on to finish second again, just ahead of Lauded in third.

Cox was landing the Richmond Stakes for the second year in succession, having struck gold with subsequent Commonwealth Cup hero Golden Horde 12 months ago.

Kirby said: "It wasn't (the plan to get the rail) at all. That just seemed to happen. I wanted to get him out and get him in gear as he's a big, long-striding horse and once he gets into that stride, he covers a lot of ground. He's a horse I think a lot of.

"It was his speed that brought me to the front, which then allowed me to get the rail and give him a breather and fill himself up.

"He's got a bit of scope, so he will definitely train on. He's a big, long-striding horse and he's got a great personality, he's chilled out and takes these races day by day.

"I was really pleased with his attitude, he didn't get hyped up, worried or feel on edge. I really like him, I think it was a really smart performance."

Cox is delighted to unearth another high-class juvenile, having last month saddled 150-1 shot Nando Parrado to land the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Cox said: "We knew he was nice, but he was very green first time. He has been a wonderful horse to deal with and won in a very fast time at Windsor.

"This was soon enough and in a perfect world I was hoping we had another week or two, but he has done that so well. He has bags of speed and the way he finished that race after going so fast was amazing.

"I think Golden Horde was a bigger horse at this stage of his life and what he did last year was amazing. Clearly he has progressed as a three-year-old, winning the Commonwealth Cup.

"This fellow is only just getting going. I think he is very high class and we will just think about that one (where he goes next). The timing is always important as always, but he is top-class."