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Harry Allwood's runner-by-runner guide to the 2020 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes

By Harry Allwood@H_Allwood1
Thu 9 Jul 2020

Watch galloping clues ahead of the Group One contest plus read Harry Allwood's verdict on each contender in our runner-by-runner guide.

There is Group One action at Newmarket on Friday, with the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes concluding the eight-race card on day two of the Moët & Chandon July Festival, which will be shown live on Racing TV.

Seven were declared for the mile showpiece which has been won by some superstars in the past, including Alpha Centauri, Goldikova and Soviet Song.

Queen Anne Stakes runner-up Terebellum heads the betting for this year’s renewal and is a short-priced favourite to record her first success at the highest level.

Here’s a guide to all the contenders in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes which will be shown live on Racing TV at 4.10pm.

1. AGINCOURT

Trainer: David O’Meara. Rating: 109. General odds: 12-1.

Agincourt was successful in a Listed contest at Newmarket last year

Progressed nicely last season and ended her campaign following a string of consistent efforts with a deserved victory in a Listed contest at Newmarket.

Proved she was capable of being competitive in Group company when narrowly beaten by Nazeef in the Duke Of Cambridge at Royal Ascot, and she now has a rating of 109.

That was a career best effort and does not have much to find with John Gosden’s charge on that form.

However, she does not have as much potential as Nazeef who is likely to have improved again given her rapid rise through the ranks.

Agincourt will need a couple of these to run below-par to be competitive and connections will be hoping the rain stays away given their five-year-old disappointed on her only start on soft ground.

2. BILLESDON BROOK

Trainer: Richard Hannon. Rating: 114. General odds: 16-1.

Billesdon Brook was a shade disappointing at Chelmsford last time

The 2018 1000 Guineas winner has scored twice at Group One level and has also posted plenty of useful efforts in defeat at the highest level.

Returned this season with an encouraging effort behind Nazeef – who she was conceding 7lb to - at Kempton, but she hasn’t been seen to best effect on her past two starts, which is a concern.

Excuses can be made for both of those runs - Ascot arguably doesn’t suit her, and she had a wide draw and attempted to come from off the pace last time out – although it was still disappointing that she couldn’t make more of an impact.

Will have only had six days to get over her exertions at Chelmsford and, although she is capable of being competitive if showing her best form, she needs to bounce back.

3. MAGIC WAND

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Rating: 115. General odds: 8-1.

NON-RUNNER

4. NAZEEF

Trainer: John Gosden. Rating: 110. General odds: 100-30.

Nazeef defeated Billesdon Brook before winning at Royal Ascot

Has taken her form to another level this season having won a Listed contest on her seasonal debut - where she defeated Billesdon Brook – and took the step up into Group Two company in her stride when landing the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes last time out.

Progressing at a rate of knots and certainly deserves to take her chance at Group One level, with the likelihood of even more improvement on the horizon.

Seems to relish a mile and is two from three at Newmarket, which includes a victory on the July course, although soft ground would be a question mark as her five victories have come on fast ground or on the all-weather.

However, she has a good attitude and another step forward will see her be competitive here, so is one for the shortlist.

5. ONE MASTER

Trainer: William Haggas. Rating: 114. General odds: 7-2.

Watch a full replay of last year's Falmouth Stakes

Consistent performer who was narrowly denied by Veracious in this contest last year before recording her second Group One victory two starts later.

Has shown a high level of form on various ground conditions, although William Haggas has always said soft ground suits her best, and she has some of the strongest pieces of form in this contest next to her name.

Warmed up with a creditable sixth in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes where she shaped as though she would come on for the run and the Falmouth is likely to have been the plan for a while.

Seven furlongs seems to be her optimum trip though, and she has also shown her very best form later in the season plus she is unlikely to get a strong pace to aim at. Those factors are a slightly worry, but she ought to be competitive with her Royal Ascot run under her belt.

6. TEREBELLUM

Trainer: John Gosden. Rating: 116. General odds: 5-4.

Terebellum impressed in a Group Two at Newmarket before finishing second at Royal Ascot

Finished a highly-respectable fifth on her first attempt at Group One level last season – on just her fourth start – where ten furlongs on soft ground probably stretched her stamina.

Returned with a smooth victory in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket before suffering an agonising defeat in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Circus Maximus where she travelled like the best horse in the race and was only denied by a head.

That was her first start over a mile, and it proved no hinderance for this strong traveller who is improving with every run and is the highest rated contender in this contest.

The daughter of Sea The Stars is also versatile ground-wise and remains lightly-raced, and ought to prove hard to beat here with a reproduction of her run at Royal Ascot.

7. UNDER THE STARS

Trainer: James Tate. Rating: 106. General odds: 25-1.

Watch how Under The Stars scored at Haydock last time out

Showed plenty of useful form as a two-year-old in Group contests last season, including when fifth in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

Failed to settle when sixth in the 1000 Guineas on her return and did well to finish as close in the circumstances.

Returned to winning ways when showing a good attitude to win a Listed contest at Haydock in June and probably deserves another tilt at a Group One.

Has a bit to find with the leading contenders here though, and is likely to find a few too good.

HARRY’S BIG-RACE VERDICT:

It is difficult to ignore the claims of TEREBELLUM who is likely to have more to offer given this will only be her seventh start and she lost nothing in defeat behind the high-class Circus Maximus at Royal Ascot. John Gosden’s filly is likely to prove hard to beat with a repeat performance.

Connections of One Master will be hoping for some compensation following their six-year-old’s narrow defeat in this contest last year. Any rain will aid her chances and she ought to be on the premises again on Friday, with her Royal Ascot run likely to have blown any cobwebs away.

1. Terebellum 2. One Master. 3. Nazeef.

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