Newmarket's July Meeting Gets Under Way With High Quality Group 1

Tags: Horse Racing

Published: 12:08 07/07/2010

Newmarket's Falmouth Stakes will see this seasons' top 3 year-old fillies take on the older generation over a mile, in what promises to be a fascinating contest. Spacious and Strawberrydaiquiri offer a solid form line after the pair were seperated by only a short head in Royal Ascot's Windsor Forest Stakes last month. Sir Michael Stoute's charge came out just on top on that occasion and is a general 5/1 shot to follow up, whereas James Fanshawe's Spacious can be backed at 11/1 with StanJames. The younger brigade is headed by Coronation Stakes victor Lillie Langtree, a strong favourite at 12/5 with sportingbet. Aidan O'Brien's Danehill Dancer filly improved on her Irish 1000 Guineas fifth to run out a comfortable winner at Royal Ascot, and should confirm form with runner-up Gile Na Greine, unless the race becomes tactical, in which case Jim Bolger's filly could be the one to benefit, and the 16/1 available with Bluequare and Stan James could be good value to cause an upset. Mick Channon's Music Show has been deperately unlucky this season, for one reason or another, and is due a change of fortune, and can be backed at 9/1. Rainfall, the mount of Frankie Dettori, is the dark horse of the race and improved on two promising runs to win Royal Ascot's Jersey Stakes. Available at 9/1 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes, the Oasis Dream filly can not be written off, even though this is a massive step up in class. Lahaleeb is a decent filly but has been disappointing in three runs this season and needs to improve on her recent form to play a part here. The field is completed by Criquette Head-Maarek's dual Guineas winner Special Duty. Yet to finish first past the post this season, Tom Queally's mount has been handed two Group 1's in the steward's room and is a 7/2 chance to complete the treble, with or without the help of the Newmarket officials.

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