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  • 14:40 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions Series) (Fillies' Group 1) £180,000 added 3yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £102,078 2nd £38,700 3rd £19,368 4th £9,648
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 40.54s
  • Off time: 14:41:21
  • Stewards Inquiry - Result Stands

Falmouth proves Elusive for Lantern as Kate goes one better

Last Updated: 12/07/13 4:42pm

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Elusive Kate: Made all in the Falmouth

Elusive Kate: Made all in the Falmouth

Elusive Kate (3/1) made all to deny Sky Lantern a Group One hat-trick in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes.

John Gosden's filly was runner-up in the race last year but went one better under William Buick, who set a steady tempo throughout along the near rail.

Richard Hughes tracked her throughout aboard the 4/7 favourite and, despite a shake of the reigns as early as three from home, looked poised to take over entering the distance.

However, Elusive Kate responded gamely for pressure under an astute ride and, despite hanging across the track, had a neck in hand at the line.

Stewards immediately called an enquiry to look at possible interference between the first two home but placings remained unaltered.

Winning trainer John Gosden said: "She's a filly that often drifts left, she did it when she won as a two-year-old and she did the same thing in the Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, she drifted. William left the gate with the stick in his left hand and it never moved from his left hand.

"They went to go to the middle, she went to the rail and they're sitting on her. When horses come under pressure on fast ground it's going to happen, but William always had his stick in the correct hand. There's been no contact.

"The Prix Rothschild, which she won last year, is the obvious one to go for, and then after that there's races like the Matron and the Prix Jacques le Marois, although horses like Intello and Dawn Approach will be going there so we might wait for the Matron, and you might want to go for a Breeders' Cup Mile later on."

Buick said: "She hung to her left and I ended up taking Richard with me, but she beat her (Sky Lantern) fair and square and she's a very good filly.

"I wish she hadn't hung left, as she would have shown it was fair and square, but she's done it all her life. She costs herself a lot of ground by doing it, but she keeps winning and she's never run a bad race."

Hughes said: "I thought I had a chance (in the stewards' room). I'm waving the white flag because the other horse is under my nose and there's nothing I can do. She got whipped in the face as well.

"It's a shame, as she's the one who has the bad habit (hanging) and I'm the sufferer."

Sky Lantern's assistant trainer, Richard Hannon jnr said: "She has run a good race and that's racing.

"The stewards' decision is not going to change - that's life and we'll have to come back and worry about winning the next time.

"She'll have a short break now, and then will come back for the Matron and then the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf."

Giofra had beaten a returning-from-absence Elusive Kate by half a length in last year's renewal, staged on vastly different soft ground, but finished two lengths further back in third this time.

Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said: "She ran well but I don't think there was enough pace for her. It was tactical but she didn't go her maximum and she could run in Deauville (Prix Rothschild)."

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