The Falmouth Stakes is the feature contest on the Friday of the Newmarket July Festival. This group one race over a mile for fillies and mares lost the star quality when it was reported that supper filly Laurens wouldn’t be taking part due to a setback. This isn’t a vintage renewal but it’s an interesting contest.
Four trainers are responsible for the six fillies and mares. The older runners carry 9st7 and compared to the two three year old fillies who have 8st12 on top. William Haggas has two of the older fillies – Beshaayir and One Master. The latter ran in the opening race of Royal Ascot. She was ahead at the one furlong pole but just got caught by Beat The Bank and Lord Glittters. She had ran once this term before that at the Curragh and finished behind Beshaayir and I Can Fly. The former had previously won a Listed here at Newmarket but hasn’t been seen since her sparkling listed win at the Curragh. She’s rated 4lbs inferior to her stablemate who she beat by just over two lengths that day.
I Can Fly won at odds-on in March at Dundalk but hasn’t ran that well since. She was third in the Duke Of Cambridge at Royal Ascot last time, beating Veracious. She’s a good filly and her yard and jockey have won two of the three renewals with Roly Poly and Alice Springs. Veracious was fourth in the Dahlia on the other course here on seasonal debut. Then she ran in a group three behind Awesometank and Anna Nerium. She was really keen last time when one length behind I Can Fly. She’ll need to settle better and has Oisin Murphy on board.
Roger Varian has two runners – Mon Juste and Qabala – in the race with David Egan and Andrea Atzeni on board respectively. Egan took advantage of Atzeni’s ban to ride Qabala in the 1000 Guineas after piloting her to victory in the Nell Gwyn, beating Mon Juste. The pairing finished third to Hermosa and then ran a stinker to be ninth of ten in the Irish Guineas. She’s had a break and should be primed for this with Atzeni, Varian’s first jockey taking over the ride for the first time in her career. Egan rides Mot Juste instead and she was thirteenth in the 1000 Guineas after that second. She’ll need to improve.
I think this is such an open excuse for a group one. QABALA is a very smart filly in the making. If she can recapture her Nell Gwyn form, she will take some beating. One Master ran a huge race at Royal Ascot but her stablemate Beshaayir is the danger. Veracious looks over priced.
Rest Of The Card
R1 – Walkinthesand – Narrowly beaten in Listed company recently.
R2 – Daayeh (Nap) – Royal Ascot winner, not penalised, unbeaten.
R3 – King’s Advice – Previously unbeaten last time at a longer trip.
R4 – Qabala
R5 – Kipling – Not beaten far by Lope Y Fernandez on debut and should come on
R6 – Breathtaking Look – won over course and distance last month and is only four.
R7 – Orvar – Back on a winning mark in a race with no standout.