Agincourt takes aim at Falmouth
Duke of Cambridge Stakes runner-up Agincourt will bid to replicate Amazing Maria's 2015 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes victory for trainer David O'Meara in Friday's QIPCO British Champions Series showpiece.
Agincourt was an agonising head second behind the re-opposing Nazeef at Royal Ascot last month, but her trainer has reported the filly to be in fine form following that effort.
If she runs as she did there at Newmarket it will get her involved in the Falmouth Stakes.David O'Meara
He said: "Agincourt should never have been that price. She was only about three lengths behind the winner when they had met at Kempton a couple of weeks before, and that day she had a wide trip and was giving 3lb.
"She's a lovely, late-maturing mare and we were not surprised by how well she ran at Ascot. And if she runs as she did there at Newmarket it will get her involved in the Falmouth Stakes. We’d be hopeful she’d run well."
When asked if there were any similarities between the pair, O’Meara added: "They’re both big, scopey, uncomplicated fillies with a stride on them. Agincourt is very honest and as good as gold at home. Seven furlongs or a mile, that’s as far as she’d want.”
The five-year-old struck in Listed company at Newmarket last year, having worked her way up handicaps, and steps up to Group 1 company for the first time.
Among her opponents is the globetrotting Magic Wand, Queen Anne runner-up Terebellum, 2018 1,000 Guineas heroine Billesdon Brook and dual Prix de la Foret scorer One Master. The William Haggas-trained One Master was second to the Cheveley Park Stud-owned Veracious in last year’s race.
Godolphin’s Terebellum and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Nazeef represent John Gosden, who bids for a third win in the race, while Aidan O’Brien’s Magic Wand is out to follow in the hoofprints of former Ballydoyle inmates Alice Springs and Roly Poly.
Agincourt is 19.00 to win the Falmouth Stakes on Friday, while Nazeef is 5.50 to get the better of O'Meara's charge once again.
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