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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, 6 wins (1983, 1986-7, 1998, 2014, 2019)

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Veracious helps Stoute hit rivals for six

Veracious provided master trainer Sir Michael Stoute with a sixth victory in the Group One Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes.

Allowed to bowl along in front on the Cheveley Park-owned filly, jockey Oisin Murphy got the fractions spot-on in the QIPCO British Champions Series contest and there was enough in the tank to see off the strong late challenge from One Master.

It was a career-best effort from Veracious (6-1) who has been beaten in lesser company on her three previous runs this season, but her trainer knew he had her right for her big day, as he so often does.

Stoute said: “She has taken a long time to really ripen and Ryan [Moore] rode her about a week ago and he said she was there now. It was a very brave performance and Oisin rode her beautifully.

“She ran very well at Ascot because we tried to switch her off but she was always doing a bit too much and we didn’t want that to happen today, so I told him to let her flow and relax.

“We have a lot of choices with her, she is entered in everything, as her owners will shortly find out.

“She is very versatile. I think she can go eight or ten furlongs. She could go for the Nassau Stakes but we don’t have to decide today.”

James Doyle, rider of the 100/30 runner-up, suggested that the ground might have been a little quick for the daughter of Fastnet Rock, admitting: “She is so brave and I travelled into the race well, but she tightened up a bit when I got after her and she didn’t appear to let down on me.”

Her trainer, William Haggas, added: “It was a shame not to win. She is very game, but she doesn’t like fast ground.”

Third home was the Ryan Moore-ridden 5/2 favourite I Can Fly, who had been third in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out.

She appeared to be undone by the lack of pace in the race, although her trainer, Aidan O’Brien, was adamant there were no excuses in defeat.

He said: “We are very happy with her. Very happy. It was a very good run. There are no plans, but we will see how she is. Ryan [Moore] was very happy and said she ran a very good race – and that was it.

“We are delighted with her, really. The ground was perfect. There are no excuses.”

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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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