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Timepiece lands Falmouth Stakes victory

July Festival, Newmarket, 6-8 July
Saturday 1535: July Cup
Coverage: Channel 4 TV. Updates on 5 live, results on BBC Sport website

Tom Queally on Timepiece
Queally had Timepiece well in contention throughout

Timepiece came in at 16-1 under Tom Queally to give trainer Sir Henry Cecil a surprise win in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

The filly had disappointed when she was a leading fancy for last year's Oaks at Epsom but won at Warwick last time out.

Timepiece raced strongly and had all her rivals beaten going into the final furlong.

The 13-8 favourite Sahpresa challenged late but Timepiece went on to win by a length and a quarter.

"She's a very good filly, but she didn't stay in the Oaks. She mustn't get there too soon and they didn't go that fast," said a relieved Cecil afterwards.

"She's a Group One winner now and I'm so pleased she has finally got it right. I thought a mile over this course would suit, but I think she gets a mile and a quarter. A mile and one would be best, but there aren't many races over that trip.

Falmouth Stakes result
1. Timepiece (TP Queally) 16-1
2. Sahpresa (CP Lemaire) 13-8 fav
3. First City (P Hanagan) 40-1

"I'm very pleased because I told the Prince [owner Prince Khalid Abdulla] that I thought a lot of her and he stood by me.

"Tom rode her very well - it will do the jockey good and do the filly good."

Abdullah's racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said afterwards the four-year-old could now go for the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown or the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket while the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf could still be an option

The Richard Hannon-trained Memory, who refused to start from the stalls in the 1,000 Guineas, did so again.



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