07/11/2006 11:00PM

Rajeem upsets in Falmouth


With Kerrin McEvoy riding, Rajeem scored a 50-1 upset at Newmarket on Wednesday in 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 the recent Coronation Stakes winner, Nannina, and strode off to a three-quarter-length victory in the filly and mare mile. Peeress made a bid but finished an outpaced fourth, while the 6-5 favorite, Soviet Song, could manage only fifth after winning the Falmouth's two previous runnings.

Trained by Clive Brittain, Rajeem 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.

* Takeover Target, winner of Royal Ascot's Group 2 King's Stand Stakes, will carry the Australian flag in Friday's Group 1, $666,000 July Cup, a six-furlong Group 1 dash that is well within his range. He may have most to fear from the Australian-trained mare Falkirk.