07/08/2016 1:09PM

Alice Springs conquers older females in Falmouth Stakes


Alice Springs was winless in three Group 1 races for 3-year-old fillies in England and France during May and June. The streak ended with a successful debut against older fillies and mares in Friday’s Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, England.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, Alice Springs (5-2) won the $258,720 Falmouth Stakes at a mile on turf by 2 1/4 lengths over 16-1 Very Special. Always Smile, an 8-1 shot, finished third, a nose behind Very Special.

Very Special and Always Smile are owned by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing, which also started Usherette, the 11-10 favorite who finished sixth in the field of seven. Amazing Maria, who won the 2015 Falmouth Stakes, finished last.

Alice Springs was always near the front in the Falmouth and took the lead in the final furlong despite drifting wide late. Owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Sue Magnier, and trained by Aidan O’Brien, Alice Springs has won 3 of 12 starts.

The Falmouth was her first Group 1 win in her seventh start in a Grade 1 or Group 1. Last October, Alice Springs was second to Catch a Glimpse in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland.

In her three previous Group 1 races this year, Alice Springs was third in the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1, seventh in the French 1000 Guineas at Deauville, France, on May 15, and third in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 17,  

The Falmouth Stakes was her most prestigious victory, but not her most lucrative win. Last October at Newmarket, Alice Springs won the Tattersalls Millions 2-year-old Fillies’ Trophy, a sales progeny race worth approximately $446,501.