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Race Report: Group 1 Falmouth Stakes

Race Report: Group 1 Falmouth Stakes

Newmarket: July Course

8th July, 2016

 

The three year old filly Ashadihan ran another creditable race in defeat when finishing 5th of 7 beaten 43/4 lengths by the Aidan O'Brien trained Alice Springs. It was the fillys second outing at the very highest level, with the field including the winners of 11 Group or Listed races and 27 races in total. The weather had finally turned into something resembling summer and as a result good racing ground was forecast throughout the July meeting. Come friday afternoon there had been no further rain and as such the going had been changed to good to firm which should have suited Ashadihan.

She has always been known for her laid back demeanour and this was evident again in the preliminaries where she took the extra hustle and bustle of a Group 1 in an extremely relaxed manner. Kevin and the team at Hambleton Lodge had done a great job with how she looked and it was annouced she had been best turned out as she cantered to the top of the straight. 

When running in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot three weeks previously Ashadihans laid back attitude resulted in her missing the break a fraction and losing a few lenghts on her rivals. 

This issue was evident again in the Falmouth as Ashadihan struggled to find her feet for the first few strides resulting in jockey Jamie Spencer pushing her along to keep tabs on the field. After the first 100 yards Ashadihan had lost 3-4 lengths on the field and in such a competitive race these margins can make a massive difference at the winning post. 

After travelling well, Ashadihan was pushed along at the two furlong marker but struggled to make any headway on the leaders who had set sail for home off a relatively weak pace. Coronation Stakes third Alice Springs eventually put the race to bed in a resounding manner, storming 21/4 lenghts clear inside the final furlong to notch a first Group 1 victory. 

Ashadihan currently holds entries in the Group 3 Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown in August as well as the Group 1 Matron Stakes at the same track in September; however connections also have the options of the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at the end of July over 7 furlongs at Goodwood or the Group 1 Prix Rothschild over a mile at Deauville at the beginning of August. 

Ashadihan is clearly an improving and exciting filly and with a Group 3 win under her belt already in a lightly-raced career she could still come on in leaps and bounds over the coming months and years. 

 

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