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Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (G 1)

Alpha Centauri after winning the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas

It looks a one horse race, when Alpha Centauri heard her feet rattle she showed herself to be a cut above the rest. She blasted the field at the Curragh in the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas beating the Ballydoyle inmates Could It Be Love and Happily. She repeated the feat in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot where she was even more impressive giving Mark Johnston’s Treading a 6 L trouncing.

The only issue you could crap about is the depth of the form. The two beaten at the Curragh, Could It Be Love and Happily, have both been beaten since. Could It Be Love ran third in the Jersey at Royal Ascot and was then second in the Browntown Stakes to Xenobia at Fairyhouse the other night.  That an interesting piece of form as it ties in one of the older mares here, Mick Channon’s Opal Tiara. She went to Ireland last time where she sprang a surprise beating another Ballydoyle inmate Hydrangea at G2 level in the Landwades Stud Stakes with Xenobia 12 L back in fifth.

Clemmie was European Champion two year old filly last year and at the beginning of the season she was, you would have thought, numero uno filly at Ballydoyle. She had a setback that meant she missed Newmarket’s Guineas however she did start at the Curragh and at Ascot where she was well beaten both times by Alpha Centauri.

On the plus side she needed her first two run’s last season also before we saw the real Clemmie. She finished her juvenile career with a cracking win in the Cheveley Park but again if your crabby, the form is now questionable as she beat Different League, since purchased by Coolmore, who hasn’t managed a win in five runs this year.

Mark Johnston’s second runner Nyaleti adds some spice having won the German 1000 Guineas last time out and it’s worth noting she was also only beaten a 1/2 L by Laurens in last year’s May Hill at Doncaster, good form now.

Arabian Hope, third in this last year and Altyn Orda complete the field. The latter ran fifth at Newmarket in the Guineas but couldn’t build on that last time out in France in the Prix de Sandringham.

Alpha Centauri is an unbackable price for most trading at 1/3 on however there might still be an opportunity in the place and each way markets for a small interest. Unfortunately there are only seven runners which restricts the play to first and second.

Opal Tiara is having her last racecourse run, she is in foal to Churchill, something that might just tilt the age weight concession here for her. Xenobia’s win last Sunday puts her in the mix and she’s already taken a big scalp in Ireland when beating a double G1 winner in Hydrangea.

She could depart West Issley leaving a big smile on Mick Channon’s face.

Recommendation: Opal Tiara  40/1 ew




The Falmouth Stakes (Group 1)

Another cracking contest to advertise the nature of the internationalism of pattern racing. World travellers River Jetez and Sahpressa are joined by another French filly in Lily Of The Valley. They are the top three in the market against a home team led by Antarra, who would have to be regarded as part of the home side. Godolphin of course have placed themselves at the heart of Newmarket having pioneered the international aspect of horseracing.

Since it’s reclassification in 2004 to Group 1 status some really good fillies have won this. Goldikova triumphed two years ago and Soviet Song won it twice. Sahpresa brings that sort of class to the event this year. She is a winner at top level on two occasions, both at Newmarket, in the Sun Chariot in 2009 and 2010 over the Rowley mile. She beat Freddie Head’s Moonlight Cloud on her only outing this year and that filly subsequently franked the form with a Group 3 win last Sunday at Longchamp.

Lily Of The Valley is equally as classy. She won six on the bounce topping off with the Prix De L’Opera in Paris last Arc weekend. She was fifth behind Sarafina on her comeback run in the Prix Corrida but that can be forgiven as it was a muddling affair with no early pace even by French standards.

Mike De Kock hasn’t has a runner in England since 2009 so River Jetez appearence brings extra significance. Her last three runs put her right there. Second to Previs in the Dubai Duty Free, she then ran at Sha Tin and on to Kranji where Gitano Hernando got the better of her by a 1/2 L in the Singapore International.

Antara is a consistent filly whose been second twice and third once at top level. Her star may well be on the rise judging from her win at Epsom last time out.

Of the others in the home team, Memory is the one to catch the eye. A precious juvenile, she let herself down badly in the 1000 Guineas when refusing to jump off. Ryan Moore takes over from Richard Hughes in the plate and his effect may be similar to his Previs partnership. Sometimes a change in personnel can prove dramatic with a horse and if the change in personnel brings the best in the business, well, you have to take note.

On form, it’s for export but Ryan Moore may give us all a new Memory.