STAR FILLIES LINE UP ON LADIES' DAY AT NEWMARKET NEXT TUESDAY
The £200,000 UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes (Group 1), the highlight of Ladies' Day, July 5, at next week's July Meeting at Newmarket, has attracted an outstanding field of fillies and mares. Nine have been confirmed at the five-day stage for Tuesday's centrepiece, including three multiple Group One winners in Soviet Song, Attraction and Alexander Goldrun.
With two three-year-olds who were both beaten in photo-finishes for Group One events last time out, Penkenna Princess and Karen's Caper, plus Chic, Peeress, Sundrop and Cape Columbine who all have high class form to their credit, there are no weak links in what must be one of the strongest fields of fillies and mares ever assembled for a race in Europe.
"There could be no better vindication for the races that were created or upgraded for fillies and mares last year by the European Pattern Committee than the field confirmed for next Tuesday," commented Newmarket's Clerk of the Course, Michael Prosser.
"Soviet Song and Attraction were first and second in this race last year, but Alexander Goldrun was mightily impressive at The Curragh last weekend and must rate a huge danger, while the three three-year-olds together with Sir Michael Stoute's pair and the Godolphin filly all have the potential to take a hand at the business end. This promises to be a fantastic race!"
MEMBERS' ENCLOSURE SOLD OUT ON LADIES' DAY
The Members' Enclosure has sold out for Ladies' Day, the opening day of the three-day July Meeting next Tuesday, but tickets for the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure (priced at £18, with a 10% discount for on-line bookings made at least 48 hours in advance) and Family Enclosure (£5) are available and will also be on sale at the turnstiles on the day.
A luxury seven night holiday for two to Barbados and a £1,000 Jaeger outfit are amongst the prizes that will be awarded to the Best Dressed Lady.
Members' Enclosure badges for Wednesday (Classic FM Raceday, when Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra will play a free concert for racegoers after racing) and Thursday (Darley July Cup Day) are still available, priced at £28.
For bookings, visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or call 01638 675 500.
"This is the first time that the Members' Enclosure has ever sold out on a day at the July Meeting," commented Lisa Hancock, Newmarket's Managing Director.
Heavy rain on Thursday, June 30, has changed the going to Good (from Good-to-Firm) on the July Course.
Michael Prosser said: "By 3.30pm this afternoon 18 millimetres of rain had fallen. The weather is expected to be predominantly dry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with temperatures of 23 degrees, though further rain is possible on Monday evening."
HIGH CLASS EIGHT DECLARED FOR "BEST EVER" CORAL-ECLIPSE
A high class field of eight runners will line-up for Saturday's Coral-Eclipse which the sponsors believe is the "best ever" in their thirtieth year of sponsoring the Group 1 contest.
The English Derby winner Motivator is Coral's 5-6 favourite (out from 4-5), with the French Derby and Guineas winner, Shamardal, next best at 9-4.
Throw in top class contenders from Italy (33-1 chance Altieri), France (20-1 chance Diamond Green), and Ireland (14-1 chance Oratorio), as well as the ex-Australian Starcraft (5-1 third favourite), and the race also boasts the most international field in its history.
"In thirty years of sponsoring the Coral-Eclipse we have witnessed many top class races and champion racehorses, but I believe this is the best ever Coral-Eclipse", said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.
"Featuring the clash of the two great Derby winners, contenders from France, Ireland, Italy and Australia, and the traditional clash of the generations, it is a race with everything", added Clare.
5-6 Motivator (from 4-5), 9-4 Shamardal, 5-1 Starcraft, 14-1 Oratorio (from 16-1), 20-1 Diamond Green, 33-1 Altieri, 50-1 Hazyview, 66-1 Hurricane Alan