07/11/2006 11:00PM

Rajeem a 50-1 shocker in Falmouth


Kerrin McEvoy tricked Jimmy Fortune, Michael Kinane, and Jamie Spencer into defeat aboard the favorites at Newmarket on Wednesday as he guided Rajeem to a 50-1 upset of the Group 1, $370,000 Falmouth Stakes. McEvoy and Rajeem prompted the pedestrian pace of Nasheej before sprinting to the lead approaching the quarter pole. They then repelled the challenge of recent Coronation Stakes winner Nannina, ridden by Fortune, and strode off to a three-quarter-length victory in the filly and mare mile. Kinane and Peeress made a futile bid but finished an outpaced fourth, while Spencer, who had the 6-5 favorite Soviet Song lagging well behind the slow early pace, could only manage fifth aboard the mare who had won the Falmouth's two previous runnings. Trained by Clive Brittain, Rajeem had only been 3 3/4 lengths fifth behind Nannina in Royal Ascot's Coronation Stakes. She covered Wednesday's straight, undulating mile in 1:40.89 on good to firm ground.

- Earlier, Sander Camillo stamped herself as Europe's leading juvenile filly with a resounding five-length triumph over Alzerra in the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Dixie Union trained by Jeremy Noseda, Sander Camillo had previously won the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, she covered the six furlongs in 1:12.12 at odds of 11-8.

- Takeover Target, winner of Royal Ascot's Group 2 King's Stand Stakes, will carry the Australian flag once again in Friday's $666,000 July Cup, a six-furlong Group 1 dash that is well within his range. He seeks revenge on Les Arcs, who beat him into third in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes just four days after the King's Stand. But Takeover Target may have most to fear from the Australian-trained mare Falkirk.