2022 Falmouth Stakes Betting Odds at Newmarket racecourse

Friday, 08 July 2022

The Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes is one of the leading races at the Newmarket July Festival, with this Group 1 encounter featuring a maximum of twenty fillies and mares who will do battle on the July track.

Hermosa is one of the favourites and the Aidan O’Brien filly is likely to be a warm order, although Laurens is on a par with her on the ratings and owner John Dance is hopeful that we’ll see the best of this horse later in the month.

The four-year-old had a strong start to her 2019 flat racing season when finishing second in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes where Laurens was narrowly beaten by Mustashry.

However, she was then sent off at 11/2 for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot where Laurens found the field too hot to handle and could only muster sixth place in the opening race of the meeting.

The horse actually led that race with two furlongs left before being swallowed up by the field, with Laurens simply not maintaining the sort of pace required to keep up with winner Lord Glitters, while Beat The Bank and One Master were other horses that passed her in the final furlong.

Nevertheless, Dance is optimistic of a big run in the Falmouth Stakes and pointed out that his horse has an impressive track record at Newmarket which bodes well for this encounter.

"PJ McDonald is coming in later in the week to do a bit of work with Laurens and it's all systems go for the Falmouth," Dance said in comments to the Racing Post.

"It will be her first time on the July course but we have happy memories of Newmarket as she has won two Group 1s and finished second in the Guineas on the Rowley Mile."

Indeed, Laurens won a Group 1 race at Newmarket last October when winning the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, while it was only shock winner Billesdon Brook who was too good for the horse in the 2018 renewal of the 1000 Guineas.

"I was a bit disappointed as she looked like she was travelling all over them, only to weaken fairly meekly in the last furlong and a half," Dance said when asked about her performance in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"It might be Ascot just doesn't suit her and her prominent style of racing. She's a big, long-striding filly and it's possible those last two furlongs don't bring out the best in her."

Dance added: "She's not run a bad race and I could never be disappointed with her after what she's achieved.

"It's probably the first time we've been a bit more selfish about things but going to Royal Ascot with a chance like that was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Hermosa will be bidding for a third victory of the season and the three-year-old has done little wrong in 2019, winning two races at Newmarket and The Curragh respectively before attending Royal Ascot.

The Irish raider lined up in the Coronation Stakes and was sent off as even money favourite, with Hermosa drawing level with the front-running Watch Me with two furlongs remaining only to be outpaced in the final run-in.

Hermosa and Laurens could be involved in an exciting tussle at the end of the race, while I Can Fly, Rawdaa and One Master are also horses that need to be watched.

One Master is a William Haggas-trained horse who was third in the Queen Anne Stakes and the fact that she had the beating of Laurens at Royal Ascot means that we should consider her if she’s trading at a larger price.