15:35 Newmarket 13 Jul 2018

Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Fillies' Group 1) (Class 1) (3YO plus)

Winner £113,420 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

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Data quality76%
Position
1 (3)
13010-7
iT
Royal blue (Godolphin)

Arabian Hope (USA)  23 

b f Distorted Humor - Achieving (Bernardini)

4 9-7
106
4 9-7
106

Won 4 times at up to 1m last season, including a Group 3 in Turkey. Encouraging enough return in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, though likely to come up short here.

Won 4 times at up to 1m last season, including a Group 3 in Turkey. Encouraging enough return in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, though likely to come up short here.

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Arabian Hope Score: 358

4
2 (6)
64-4431
iT
White, dark blue star, armlets and star on cap (The Filly Folly & Sweet Partnership)

Opal Tiara (IRE)  48 

b m Thousand Words - Zarafa (Fraam)

5 9-7
110
5 9-7
110

Smart performer who ran up to her best when winning 6-runner 1m Group 2 at the Curragh in May. This demands a lot more, though.

Smart performer who ran up to her best when winning 6-runner 1m Group 2 at the Curragh in May. This demands a lot more, though.

Opal Tiara Score: 385

2
3 (1)
125-011
iT
Dark blue, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves, white cap (Niarchos Family)

Alpha Centauri (IRE)  21 

gr f Mastercraftsman - Alpha Lupi (Rahy)

3 8-12
122
3 8-12
122

Won Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh in May and took her form to a new level when following up in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. Very much the one to beat.

Won Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh in May and took her form to a new level when following up in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. Very much the one to beat.

Alpha Centauri Score: 375

3
4 (2)
221-256
iT
Light blue, yellow and light blue halved sleeves (Mr Nurlan Bizakov)

Altyn Orda (IRE)  40 

ch f Kyllachy - Albanka (Giant's Causeway)

3 8-12
108
3 8-12
108

Ended 2-y-o campaign winning Group 3 at Newmarket in October. Good efforts first 2 starts this year, in Nell Gwyn and 1000 Guineas, but below form at Chantilly last time. Vulnerable.

Ended 2-y-o campaign winning Group 3 at Newmarket in October. Good efforts first 2 starts this year, in Nell Gwyn and 1000 Guineas, but below form at Chantilly last time. Vulnerable.

Altyn Orda Score: 414

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5 (4)
7111-95
iT
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap (Mr M Tabor, D Smith & Mrs John Magni)

Clemmie (IRE)  21 

b f Galileo - Meow (Storm Cat)

3 8-12 t
111
3 8-12 t
111

Leading 2-y-o filly in 2017, impressive winner of the Cheveley Park final start. Yet to build on those achievements, though she's in the right yard to retrieve something from the season.

Leading 2-y-o filly in 2017, impressive winner of the Cheveley Park final start. Yet to build on those achievements, though she's in the right yard to retrieve something from the season.

Clemmie Score: 256

6 (7)
29-6611
iT
Emerald green and maroon (quartered), halved sleeves, emerald green cap (3 Batterhams And A Reay)

Nyaleti (IRE)  47 

ro f Arch - America Nova (Verglas)

3 8-12
109
3 8-12
109

Plenty of solid form in Group company at 2 yrs and another from her yard to thrive on racing, winning her last 2 starts, including the German 1000 Guineas. Another bold show could be on the cards.

Plenty of solid form in Group company at 2 yrs and another from her yard to thrive on racing, winning her last 2 starts, including the German 1000 Guineas. Another bold show could be on the cards.

Nyaleti Score: 303

7 (5)
117-712
iT
Silver, tassel on cap (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)

Threading (IRE)  21 

b f Exceed and Excel - Chaquiras (Seeking The Gold)

3 8-12
110
3 8-12
110

Smart performer who won listed race at York prior to finishing 6 lengths second to Alpha Centauri in Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Appeals as the sort to do better still.

Smart performer who won listed race at York prior to finishing 6 lengths second to Alpha Centauri in Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Appeals as the sort to do better still.

Threading Score: 260

Verdict

It is hard to oppose ALPHA CENTAURI after her impressive victories in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Irish 1,000 Guineas. On the most recent of those occasions she beat Threading by six lengths and that field included both the English and French Guineas winners. She has upwards of 11lb in hand according to official ratings and it would be a surprise if she were to taste defeat. The aforementioned Threading may chase her home once again, although Clemmie cannot be discounted given her juvenile form.

Verdict

ALPHA CENTAURI is difficult to oppose following an outstanding performance in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and can complete a hat-trick of Group 1s. Threading is the type to do better still and could be the one to chase Alpha Centauri home again.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Good to Firm 7 Roly Poly 3 3 8 12 - 29-7622 21 days A P O'Brien R L Moore 6/4 1:36.01
2016 Good to Firm 7 Alice Springs 4 3 8 12 - 12-3373 21 days A P O'Brien R L Moore 5/2 1:34.42
2015 Good to Firm 7 Amazing Maria 4 4 9 7 - 000-331 23 days D O'Meara (191 miles) James Doyle 17/2 1:42.05
2014 Soft 7 Integral 5 4 9 7 - 1712-21 23 days Sir M Stoute (1 miles) R L Moore 15/8 1:41.96
2013 Good to Firm 4 Elusive Kate 1 4 9 5 - 21323-4 24 days J Gosden (1 miles) W Buick 3/1 1:40.54
2012 Soft 10 Giofra 10 4 9 5 - 511-12 75 days A de Royer-Dupre C Soumillon 10/1 1:42.14
2011 Good 11 Timepiece 4 4 9 5 - 121-341 25 days Sir H Cecil (1 miles) T Queally 16/1 1:41.06
2010 Good to Firm 8 Music Show 1 3 8 10 - 01-1634 19 days M Channon (119 miles) R Hughes 13/2 1:36.76
2009 Good 8 Goldikova 3 4 9 5 - 31111-7 52 days F Head O Peslier 7/4 1:36.21
2008 Soft 11 Nahoodh 9 3 8 10 - 31-0576 19 days M Johnston (200 miles) L Dettori 10/1 1:38.60