Foundation Stakes preview: Class dropping Nyaleti can cash-in at Goodwood

Published on: September 24, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
2019 Foundation Stakes preview includes Nyaleti

The Mark Johnston trained Nyaleti drops significantly in grade and, with her sights now lowered, can resume winning ways in the Listed 1m 2f Foundation Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday (15:40).

This four-year-old filly scored twice last season including at this level here, before following-up in good style in the Group 2 German 1000 Guineas when drawing readily clear to beat Malakeh by 4 1/4 lengths.

Nyaleti was then far from disgraced when fourth to Jessica Harrington’s super filly Alpha Centauri in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, or when beaten just 1 1/4 lengths into fifth behind Beat The Bank in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at this venue.

The daughter of Arch went on to round off the campaign with a cracking neck second to God Given in a Group 1 in Italy.

There was a lot to like about her seasonal reappearance at Newmarket when a length second of five to Worth Waiting in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes.

Nyaleti raced at the head of affairs and, after being short of room two from home, rallied strongly when headed to go down by just a length.

She has been highly tried since, including when fourth to Lah Ti Dar in a Group 2 at York and a 7 1/4 lengths sixth of nine to Deidre in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes over course and distance.

Nyaleti also ran in a Group 2 last time out over a mile here, so this represents a return to much calmer waters.

It is the easiest task she has faced for some time, so she is well worth considering for the Foundation Stakes at odds of 13/2 with Betfred.

Elwazir a Foundation Stakes danger

Elwazir returned to form when a cracking second last time out, so if building on that looks sure to make a bold bid to go one better.

After shaping with promise in two runs as a juvenile, this Owen Burrows trained four-year-old came into his own when stepped up to this trip and winning his first couple of starts last season.

The first of those was a 14-runner novice stakes contest at Doncaster where the son of Frankel cruised into contention three from home, before shooting clear a furlong out and staying on strongly to readily beat Cross Counter by 2 3/4 lengths.

That runner-up has won four times since, including international successes in Australia’s Melbourne Cup and the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan, so that gives the form an extremely strong look in relation to this.

Elwazir went on to follow-up in impressive fashion on handicap debut at Ascot when easily beating Extra Elusive by 1 3/4 lengths.

Shaped nicely on return

Although he then disappointed on his final start of the campaign when a well-beaten fifth of seven to Teodoro in a Group 3 at Haydock, that run was too bad to be true and something was clearly amiss.

Elwazir also failed to shine on seasonal reappearance in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard at Sandown when leading until getting headed three from home and hanging right to finish a nine-length last of six to Regal Reality.

However, following a break there was lots to like about his latest effort at Doncaster two weeks ago when a two-length runner-up to Fox Tai in a decent conditions contest.

Elawazir raced freely at the head of affairs and set a searching strong gallop, before sticking to the task gamely when reeled in deep inside the final furlong.

It was a huge step back in the right direction and an effort which suggested he was well worth a crack at this level.

So, at 7/2 with Boylesports, Elwazir is another to consider from a punting perspective in the Foundation Stakes.