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.