The first day of Newmarket’s July Meeting proved a rain-drenched affair, the ground turning from good to soft. That may have a major bearing on day two on Friday, when fillies and mares takes centre stage in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at 2.25 and the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at 4.10.
John Gosden holds a strong hand in the Falmouth. He has two of the seven runners, Terebellum and Nazeef. Both did well at Royal Ascot. Terebellum chased home Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne Stakes. Nazeef took the Duke of Cambridge Stakes by a head from Agincourt who takes her on again here. Terebellum is the favourite but the rain, with more forecast, won’t help her cause.
Aidan O’Brien’s globetrotting Magic Wand finished fourth in the Eclipse Stakes last Sunday and makes a quick return for this day two feature.
One Master steps back up to a mile for the first time since finishing second, beaten a neck, in this race last year. Soft ground will suit her.
Dual Group 1 winner Billesdon Brook has to bounce back from a surprise defeat at Chelmsford last time. She was beaten six lengths that day. Under The Stars won the rerouted Eternal Stakes at Haydock but takes a big hike in class.
One Master gets the vote to make amends for last year’s narrow defeat.
DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES ON DAY TWO
Ten two-year-old fillies go to post for the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes over six furlongs. Karl Burke’s Dandalla, a six-length winner of Royal Ascot’s Albany Stakes, sets the standard and will take some beating.
Her main rivals include Time Scale, a 3¾ lengths winner of the Empress Stakes at Newmarket last time. Another is More Beautiful, a half-sister to 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior. She looked special when winning a Naas maiden but ran well below that form in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot. It’s far too soon to write her off but she needs to improve from that. The step up from five to six furlongs should help.
They look the main contenders but on form it’s hard to look beyond Dandalla on day two of Newmarket.