Newmarket Racing this Weekend

Newmarket Racing this Weekend

Alpha Centauri heads seven runners for the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

The mile feature forms part of the QIPCO British Champions Series and Alpha Centauri will start at cramped odds to follow up her stunning success in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, having previously scooped the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas before that.

However, this will be the first time the daughter of Mastercraftsman will take on her elders.

“She’s drawn one and she is in great form,” Jessica Harrington, her trainer, said. “The usual suspects have all turned up again.”

Ladbrokes cut Alpha Centauri to 4/7 (from 4/5) once the final entries were revealed.

Threading chased home Alpha Centauri at Royal Ascot and will attempt to turn the tables. Mark Johnston, her trainer, will also be represented by Nyaleti.

“The Coronation Stakes was a great run by Threading, bar the fact that one horse [Alpha Centauri] absolutely trounced her,” Johnston said. “Arguably things won’t be very different in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes – where if the two of them repeat their Ascot performances Threading will be second again – but I have a principle that I don’t run away from one horse.

“There is some hope that Threading can improve upon her Ascot effort but the main reason for declaring her is that one should never run away from one horse.

“It is obviously a concern that Threading’s two worst runs have been at Newmarket, albeit on the Rowley Mile rather than the July Course, and I have no idea why that might be.”

He added: “I don’t think that the form of Nyaleti’s win in the German Guineas was particularly strong and it may have been overrated. That said, I also think that many of Nyaleti’s other performances have been underrated, such as when she beat the Derby winner, Masar, at last year’s Royal Ascot, or when she finished half a length behind another Classic winner, Laurens.

“I will not be at all surprised if Nyaleti finishes in the first three.”

Aidan O’Brien has won the Falmouth for the past two years and this time relies on Clemmie, winner of the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket last autumn.

Arabian Hope, third in last year’s renewal of the Falmouth, and  Opal Tiara, who was seventh, are back for more. Altyn Orda, trained by Roger Varian, completes the line-up.


Henry Candy hopes Limato can make history by becoming the first horse to reclaim his Darley July Cup crown at Newmarket on Saturday.

The brilliant 2016 winner found only Harry Angel too strong last year and is back for another crack at the £500,000 six-furlong showpiece, which is the fourth leg of the Sprint Category in the QIPCO British Champions Series, having failed to shine in two starts over a mile this year.

“Limato has not been any different at home than he was this time last year, though that has not been reflected in his two starts this season,” Candy said. “He ran much too free in the Queen Anne last time – that’s why we are dropping him back to sprinting.

“He does seem to like Newmarket, though I can’t put my finger on why, and if he were to become to the first horse to reclaim the Darley July Cup title it would be very welcome.”

Each of its past five winners have gone on to be crowned as the top European-trained sprinter in the end-of-season World Thoroughbred Rankings and Blue Point must be in the reckoning for that title after taming Battaash in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

He heads the betting at about 3-1 but will have to cope with five Aidan O’Brien challengers, including the dual juvenile Group 1 winner of last autumn, U S Navy Flag.

The three-year-old generation has five more representatives, spearheaded by Eqtidaar and Sands Of Mali, first and second (separated by half a length) in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Other leading home-trained candidates are Brando, third in this race last year and subsequently successful in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, and the very lightly-raced Dreamfield, making his initial stakes race start having finished second as the hot favourite for the Wokingham at Royal Ascot.

An intercontinental flavour is added by the presence in the line-up of Redkirk Warrior. A three-time Group 1 hero Down Under, he will be a first ride in Europe for 21-year-old Australian jockey Regan Bayliss.

“Limato is in very good form but Blue Point will take an awful lot of beating,” Candy predicted.

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