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The Tattersalls 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, 3 wins (2014, 2016-17)
Current leading trainers: Sir Michael Stoute, 5 wins (1983, 1986-7, 1998, 2014)

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Alpha Centauri proves herself class apart in Falmouth

Alpha Centauri showed once again what an exceptional talent she is when routing her rivals in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Having proven to be the best of her generation over a mile when following up her Irish 1,000 Guineas success in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Jessica Harrington-trained three year-old once again proved a class apart to complete a Group One hat-trick under Colm O’Donoghue.

After coming from off the pace at the Royal meeting, the daughter of Mastercraftsman showed her tactical versatility by cutting out the running early on with eventual third Clemmie, before turning on the after-burners to quicken clear and run out a four-and-a-half-length winner from Altyn Orda in the QIPCO British Champions Series contest.

“The last twice she has come in a bit under the radar, but today she was odds on and I woke up in the middle of the night feeling sick, and I felt very sick during the race,” Harrington said. “I’m going to look at it again, as I didn’t really watch it. She is just an amazing filly.

“She had to do all the donkey work today and make all the running. She only won four and a half lengths this time and not six, but she was brilliant as she had to do it all on her own.

“The lovely thing about it, as you saw after the race, she is so relaxed, she doesn’t get upset, she comes in and has all the photographs taken and goes away.

“I sometimes think before a race is she almost too relaxed and has she gone off or done this or is not quite right.

“She is amazing. She relaxes and travels and she can quicken. The faster the pace is, the better she quickens. She just has a very high cruising speed and that’s what helps her.”

Alpha Centauri was cut to 5-1 for the Breeders’ Cup Mile with Paddy Power, while Coral went 4-1 for the same race.

Harrington added: “She will probably go to Deauville next for the Jacques le Marois. I know the Niarchos family love the Breeders’ Cup, so we have that option later in the year, too, but either way the owners are keen to take on the colts now.  would be fantastic if that happened.”

O’Donoghue said: “She’s a very special filly and I’m very lucky to ride her. I think she ran a very good race and I think there’s still improvement in her. She’s ice-cold.”

Roger Varian could look to the Sun Chariot on the Rowley Mile in October as a suitable long-term target for the runner-up. “She is a valuable filly now she is Group One-placed,” he said. “There are lots of options, but one race that stands out because of her track form is the Sun Chariot.

“I’m not saying that is her next race, but it is one I would like to have her in good form for.”

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Clemmie was the leading two-year-old filly in 2017 and an impressive winner of the Cheveley Park on her final start last season. She has yet to fully show her best this term and was a further length back in third.

Kevin Buckley, Coolmore’s UK representative, said: “She has run a fair race again. We can’t have any complaints. The winner is an incredible filly who has carried all before her this season.”

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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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