By Lee Dover
The Falmouth Stakes takes centre-stage at Newmarket’s July meeting on Friday and it’s an international affair.
Irish trainer John Oxx has Ballycorus Stakes winner Alanza entered while Aidan O’Brien relies on Maybe in Friday’s Group 1 contest.
But French filly Golden Lilac is rumoured to be among the best Andre Fabre has trained and punters should take note. Victories at Saint-Cloud, Longchamp and Chantillyhas shown she’s out of the top drawer and she has been well punted into 11/10f in Paddy Power’s ante-post list.
Those after a bit more value may want to have an each-way flutter on 14/1 shot Elusive Kate and Frankie Dettori.
The mare was unbeaten in four races before struggling to keep up with the field at the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Trainer John Gosden sent Nathaniel out to win the Coral Eclipse on his seasonal debut and may work the oracle with Elusive Kate to post an upset. Gosden also saddles Joviality who’ll be ridden by stable jockey William Buick.
Agent Allison heads the field for the Cherry Hinton Stakes on the same day and was last seen finishing second at Royal Ascot to impressive Albany Stakes winner and 1,000 Guineas ante-post favourite Newfangled. Premier Steps, third that day re-opposes as does Richard Hannon’s unbeaten pair City Image and Maureen.
Andrew Oliver sends over recent Curragh winner Sendmylovetorose who was withdrawn at the start of the Albany Stakes and will put it up to this opposition on the softer ground.
Bunbury Cup (Saturday)
This one was just touched off in the Buckingham Palace Stakes and Marnane’s sprinters are always worth following in English handicaps as proven by Dandy Boy’s victory at 33/1 at the same meeting. He is one to keep on the right side if he lines up on Saturday.
William Haggis’s Cape Classic has plenty of momentum behind him after beating Bathwick Bear last time. If Lee Carter’s surprise package and seven-race winner Prince of Sorrento lines up he could be worth an each-way punt.
July Cup (Saturday)
The Group One July Cup 7f on the same day usually identifies Europe’s top sprinter and there’s a stellar line-up as usual.
Bated Breath heads the field after finishing second at Royal Ascot in the King Stand Stakes while Society Rock had a mountain to climb against Black Caviar at the same venue and may appreciate the step up in trip here.