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The Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes

3.35pm Newmarket

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Snow Lantern wins the Falmouth Stakes
  • Distance 1m
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £200,000

History

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)

Previous winners

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Snow Lantern shines in the Falmouth Stakes

Richard Hannon filly flies down the July course to claim Group 1 glory

Snow Lantern avenged her dam Sky Lantern’s heartbreak in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes, winning under a super-cool ride by jockey Sean Levey at Newmarket.

Before the race Richard Hannon had described it as ‘the one that got away’ for the great Sky Lantern, however that was put to bed as her filly Snow Lantern quickened smartly in the final furlong to pick up the win.

In a race where Royal Ascot winner Alcohol Free took them along under Oisin Murphy. The pace was a medium and the horse gathered on the far side rail. This meant that Snow Lantern was trapped for a long time on the rail, with plenty of horses blocking her way.

However, the ice-cool Sean Levey never panicked. Biding his time as they came into the stretch. The gap finally came and Levey was able to pull her out, and she responded when asked for her effort.

Snow Lantern accelerated and picked off Alcohol Free and Mother Earth in the final stages to claim victory,

A clearly emotional Richard Hannon Jnr, said: “There was a bit of a score to settle today after what happened 8 years ago. I’m delighted for her and everyone who bred her.”

Results

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The Course

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

  • Course plan
  • Course Intro

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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