Andrew Balding is “filled with hope” that Alcohol Free can observe up success at Royal Ascot with one other Group One victory in a mouthwatering renewal of the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes.
Having rounded off her juvenile marketing campaign with a top-level triumph within the Cheveley Park Stakes, the daughter of No Nay By no means made a profitable return within the Fred Darling at Newbury to earn herself a tilt at Basic glory within the 1000 Guineas.
Alcohol Free was crushed two lengths into fifth place over the Rowley Mile, however turned the tables on the winner Mom Earth when touchdown the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot final month.
The pair will do battle for a 3rd time within the characteristic occasion on day two of Newmarket’s July Competition, with Coronation Stakes runner-up Snow Lantern additionally in rivalry.
Balding mentioned: “It seems a correct race – however Alcohol Free is in good type, and we hope she might be as efficient on the quicker situations as she was on the heavy floor at Ascot.
“We had been delighted together with her efficiency within the Coronation, so we go to Newmarket filled with hope.
“We’re renewing rivalry with a pair, and there are some superb older fillies within the race as nicely – it is a correct Group One race.”
Richard Hannon has by no means made any secret of the regard through which he holds Snow Lantern, whose dam Sky Lantern completed a neck second to Elusive Kate on this race in 2013 – a end result connections felt ought to have been reversed following interference.
Snow Lantern was massively spectacular when breaking her duck at Newbury in April – and whereas she was a crushed odds-on favorite at York subsequent time, her runner-up end to Alcohol Free at Ascot was a giant step again in the correct route.
“Her efficiency within the maiden at Newbury was high class,” mentioned Hannon.
“She has been sensible other than that one dangerous race at York, the place she was disappointing. She did not breathe for 3 furlongs – she simply held her breath.
“She was again to her finest at Ascot. She got here with a stunning run – she simply obtained tight for room for a little bit bit, however she ran a stunning race, and it confirmed you might put a line by means of the York effort.
“The winner received nicely at Ascot, however we stay up for taking her on once more within the Falmouth.
“We did not actually have the rub of the inexperienced that day. Hopefully the bottom might be higher this time, which can assist our filly.”
Primo Bacio has been off the observe since beating Snow Lantern at York in Could, having been withdrawn from the Coronation Stakes on account of the testing situations.
Coach Ed Walker hopes that call pays dividends. He mentioned: “It was a extremely troublesome resolution to take her out – we did not know that she wouldn’t have favored that floor, as a result of she’s by Awtaad who cherished the mud. Plenty of folks had been questioning my resolution on that foundation – however realizing the filly, I simply did not really feel it was proper.
“She is a good-moving filly with a extremely sensible flip of foot, and I feel working her on a stiff mile in actual bottomless floor and placing a large emphasis on stamina simply wasn’t proper.
“Andrea Atzeni obtained on significantly nicely together with her at York and he rides her once more, in order that’s excellent news. I’ve identified Andrea for a very long time and use him rather a lot when out there, and he is a superb rider. He is obtained that cool, and it fits a filly like that actually nicely.”
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s 1000 Guineas runner-up Saffron Seaside drops again to a mile after seemingly failing to remain over a mile and a half within the Oaks at Epsom final month.
“When she went for the 1000 Guineas I felt she’d be within the first three – and though the Falmouth seems a really sturdy race, she’s positively entitled to be concerned within the end once more,” mentioned Chapple-Hyam.
“One factor we’ve got going for us is that just about all of her fundamental opponents – bar Primo Bacio – ran at Royal Ascot, so it will be fascinating to see how they flip round in simply three weeks, notably the three-year-olds who ran within the Coronation on heavy floor.
“We have had 5 weeks for the reason that Oaks, and that is positively a plus.”
The older brigade consists of the primary 5 residence within the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on the Royal assembly.
On that event, John and Thady Gosden’s Indie Angel led residence Woman Bowthorpe (William Jarvis), Queen Energy (Sir Michael Stoute), Champers Elysees (Johnny Murtagh) and Lavender’s Blue (Amanda Perrett) respectively.
Indie Angel needed to be supplemented for this race – and Chris Richardson, managing director for house owners Cheveley Park Stud, mentioned: “She deserves to be in it.
“If it had closed a day after the Duke of Cambridge. fairly than the day earlier than, she would have been in it.
“She bounces off fast floor, so we’re simply hoping there is not any extra rain.
“She’s in good type. John may be very pleased together with her, and hopefully Frankie (Dettori) can work his magic once more.”
Illykato (Mick Channon), the unbeaten Simply Stunning (Ivan Furtado) and Fairly Attractive (Joseph O’Brien) full the sphere.