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The Falmouth Stakes

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The fourth race in the QIPCO British Champions Series Fillies & Mares category, the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes is run over one mile (1,600 metres) on the second day of Newmarket’s July Festival. The Group 1 event for three-year-olds fillies and over is staged on the July Course, a straight section of track known as ‘The Bunbury Mile’ and reserved for summer racing.

Former England footballer Mick Channon trained the 2010 winner, Music Show, ridden by Richard Hughes. Trainer James Fanshawe, meanwhile, produced three wins in a row from 2003-5, the second two courtesy of Soviet Song ridden by Johnny Murtagh. In 2009 the brilliant French-trained mare, Goldikova, now three times winner of America’s most important mile race, the Breeders’ Cup Mile, won the Falmouth Stakes.

Initially a Grade 3 race in 1971, the Falmouth Stakes was awarded the highest classification in 2004.  This was part of an initiative to increase the number of top level races in Europe restricted to fillies & mares, so encouraging their owners to continue their racing careers beyond the age of three, rather than sending straight off to stud farms for breeding.

Current leading jockey: Ryan Moore, 2 wins (2014, 2015)
Current leading trainers: Sir Michael Stoute, 5 wins (1983, 1986-7, 1998, 2014)

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Roly Poly keeps O’Brien in command

Aidan O’Brien chalked up an eighth success in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series as Roly Poly landed the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

O’Brien was absent from the July Course but will have enjoyed what he watched on television as Roly Poly led from the start under Ryan Moore and never really looked like being pegged back.

The daughter of War Front, who had won the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes on the corresponding card 12 months ago, showed all her battling qualities to see off a brief challenge from Wuheida and stretch away in the final furlong to win the one mile contest by one and quarter lengths.

Winning owner Michael Tabor said: “It’s been a good day at the office, as they say. She loves the [good to firm] ground, that’s for sure.

“That was pretty straight forward actually, I know it’s easy to say afterwards. Ryan [Moore] said in the paddock that he thought it would be best to take her to the front and he did. She did it well and she’s a good filly.

“She’s had some near misses but she’s a tough, hardy filly. She’s small but she battles well and this ground really suits her well, so we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Three-time champion jockey Moore is the only jockey to have ridden in all 17 QIPCO British Champions Series this season. He has won seven and his form figures read 12141223041211341.

Wuheida landed the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly last October before suffering a stress fracture to her right hind leg in April.

She had been on the easy list since, but showed that she still retained her ability with a fine effort under William Buick.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “If she had been fitter, I would have preferred a more testing gallop, as that what she has been used to, but for today it was perfect.”

Options are open for the Dubawi filly and the Godolphin trainer added: “I still had it in my mind we would go to be going forward for the Nassau (over 1m2f at Goodwood), but with a filly like her, I just want to get her back and see her sound.”

Godolphin were also responsible for the third home with Arabian Hope under Josephine Gordon, who was a further half-length back. Her trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “She ran very well. I am very pleased with her. Third in a Group One is good for her. Maybe there is an option in France for her, or we may take her to the Group One Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. It could be either. She will come on for that as well.”

William Haggas, who saddled the fourth home Sea Of Grace, felt the ground was against her. He said: “The ground was too fast. I’ve run her on it twice in three runs and I’ve now learned my lesson, and that’s it – I’m not going to do it again.”

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The Course

Newmarket is known as the “Home of Racing” - and who would argue?

Certainly not James I, the first notable fan who built a palace in the Suffolk town in 1605. Racing fanatic Charles II followed suit, establishing the first horse race ever run in Britain under written rules. The Rowley Mile Racecourse, indeed – one of two at Newmarket, the other being the July Course – is named after his favourite hack, Old Rowley.

Today, Newmarket is horseracing’s centre of the Universe, with 2,500 thoroughbreds in training, shared by 75 licensed trainers and spread out over 2,800 acres of training grounds. Oh, and there’s also enough space left over for 65 stud farms, including the National Stud, and Tattersalls, the biggest horse sales company in Europe.

The QIPCO 2000 Guineas, one of Britain’s five Classics, is hosted by Newmarket. The race was first run in 1809. The venue also stages the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

Getting there

Newmarket Racecourses,
Westfield House,
The Links,
Newmarket,
Suffolk,
CB8 0TG

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