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Fugue figures in Nassau

The Fugue, winner of the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes in 2012, is among 29 entries for the fillies and mares Group One at Glorious Goodwood on August 2.

Four times a winner at the top level, the John Gosden-trained five-year-old could bid to bounce back against her own sex after disappointing in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Gosden, who won the race 12 months ago with Winsili, has also entered this season's Investec Oaks heroine Taghrooda.

Thistle Bird, the neck runner-up to Winsili in 2013, has been put in by trainer Roger Charlton. The six-year-old gained a deserved first Group One success last time out in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 29.

Richard Hannon's Sky Lantern had no luck in running when fifth last summer while Dank is an interesting possible from the Sir Michael Stoute stable. She landed the Grade One Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita last year.

No French raider has won the Nassau, but Alain de Royer-Dupre is hoping to change that statistic in 2014 with Narniyn.

The four-year-old daughter of Dubawi, who was homebred by her owner the Aga Khan, notched up a sequence of four victories at around 10 furlongs, culminating with the Group Three La Coupe at Longchamp on June 12.

Last time out, she stepped up in class and distance for the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and was fourth behind Spiritjim.

"We are definitely considering going over to Goodwood with Narniyn," said Royer-Dupre.

"I think this is the right race for her as it is the right place in the calendar before going on to Deauville for the Prix Jean Romanet.

"I think her run at Saint-Cloud probably came too close to her win at Longchamp but there was not really another race to go for. She is also a better filly at 10 furlongs than at 12 furlongs."

Most of Narniyn's victories have come on an easy surface but de Royer-Dupre is confident that better ground will be no problem for the filly.

"She won a Listed race at Chantilly last year when the ground was good and it was not a problem for her at all. She may actually be a better filly on good ground," he said.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien has made eight entries, including Pretty Polly runner-up Venus De Milo, Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Marvellous and Bracelet, winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

There are 12 Irish-trained entries in all, with Epsom Oaks runner-up Tarfasha from Dermot Weld's stable, John Oxx's duo of My Titania and Stars So Bright plus Tattersalls Gold Cup third Euphrasia, trained by Joe Murphy, also engaged.

There is a 17,000 supplementary entry stage on July 28.