Johnston takes on Alpha Centauri in Falmouth Stakes

 Jul 12 2018

The racing highlight of the second day of the three-day Moët & Chandon July Festival and the fourth of seven races in the Fillies & Mares category of the QIPCO British Champions Series, this £200,000 one mile contest has attracted a top class field of seven runners.

Trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington, Alpha Centauri broke the Ascot track record by over a second in the Coronation and had earlier lifted the Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.

A superb field of nine two-year-old fillies will take part in Friday’s other Pattern Race, the six furlong £80,000 Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (sponsored by bet365).
The line-up is headed by Johnston’s unbeaten Group 3 Albany Stakes winner, Main Edition, and the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes runner-up, Gossamer Wings.
Mark Johnston, trainer of Threading, Nyaleti and Main Edition, said:
“The Coronation Stakes was a great run by Threading, bar the fact that one horse [Alpha Centauri] absolutely trounced her.”
“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.”
“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 on Friday and, in the longer term, this race fits nicely into her schedule en route to the Beverly D Stakes [in Chicago on 11th August].”
“Main Edition has done absolutely nothing wrong. As the season progresses, so two-year-olds change but she is entitled to improve as much as any of her rivals and I think they have all got her to beat in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes.”



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