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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

Jim Crowley and Nazeef flew home late to foil two-time Series winner Billesdon Brook  in a thrilling Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes.

A select field of six lined up for the fillies’ Group 1 on Newmarket’s July course, with Terebellum the hot-favourite under Frankie Dettori. It was her stablemate however who would come out on top with a late surge in the final furlong to take the honours.

Dettori and Terebellum decided to make the running early on and held that position for most of the race. With a steady gallop being set in the early stages, the race then unfolded into a sprint in the final furlong and a half.

Nazeef was the first to come under heavy pressure by Jim Crowley into the dip. With Billesdon Brook travelling smoothly in behind, and Terebellum a length out in front.

However, in the closing stages it was Nazeef who finished much the strongest to close and head Dettori and his mount. The final challenge would come from the former QIPCO 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook who surged late but couldn’t close the gap.

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The Course

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

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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 Guineasbcvfdxqdeuzsfbyqdywr, 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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