07/08/2008 11:00PM

Nahoodh wins Falmouth Stakes


Jockey Frankie Dettori brought Nahoodh with a late run to win the $393,000 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, giving the 3-year-old filly her first Group 1 triumph. A 10-1 shot, she defeated Infallible by 1 3/4 lengths after the doors to victory were opened by the last-minute withdrawal of Darjina because of rain-softened ground and by a second consecutive poor effort by Finsceal Beo.

Trained by Mark Johnston, Nahoodh covered the Falmouth's straight mile on good to soft ground in 1:38.60.

Finsceal Beo, last in the Pretty Polly Stakes on June 28, came home seventh, beaten 7 3/4 lengths. Darjina could be rerouted to the Prix d'Astarte at Deauville on Aug. 3 for a clash with Natagora, the 1000 Guineas winner.

Newmarket's July meeting concludes on Friday with the 130th running of the Group 1, $787,000 July Cup, a six-furlong dash that features the first two finishers from Royal Ascot's Golden Jubilee Stakes, Kingsgate Native and War Artist.

Trained by John Best, Kingsgate Native is developing into one of the best European sprinters in recent memory. As a 2-year-old last year, he won the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes against older horses. He beat War Artist at Ascot by 1 1/4 lengths and will once again have Seb Sanders on board.

Marchand d'Or, winner of the Group 2 Prix du Gros-Chene, is eligible to improve off his Golden Jubilee sixth, while Utmost Respect deserves just that off his sharp 2 1/4-length score in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes for red-hot trainer Richard Fahey.