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  • 15:00 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions' Series) (Fillies' Group 1) £160,000 added 3yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £90,736 2nd £34,400 3rd £17,216 4th £8,576
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 41.06s
  • Off time: 15:00:43

Timepiece strikes in Falmouth

Cecil filly proves her class

Last Updated: 08/07/11 3:51pm

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Timepiece: Surprise winner

Timepiece: Surprise winner

Sir Henry Cecil's Timepiece finally confirmed herself a top-class filly with an excellent performance in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Cecil has always waxed lyrical about the four-year-old and she was a leading fancy for last year's Oaks at Epsom, only to disappoint.

The daughter of Zamindar struck in a Warwick Listed event on her latest appearance but, stepping up to Group One level, was sent off a 16-1 chance in the mile showpiece on the July course.

Racing up with the pace, Tom Queally exuded confidence throughout and his mount had all those around her beaten heading into the final furlong.

French raider Sahpresa was played late by Christophe Lemaire but was unable to get to Timepiece, who galloped on to record a one-and-a-quarter-length triumph.

Brilliant

Queally said: "We've never made any secret of how we feel about her. "She hacked along as though it was a bit of work and she's taken care of them, so I'm pleased for her and for everyone at the yard. It's brilliant.

"It was a slow gallop and Neil (Callan on Masaya) got his own way of things and I just followed along.

"The beauty of it was I was able to keep her on the bridle for so long. She was going so easily and she skipped along that hill and did it very well.

"She stays the mile really well and gets a mile and a furlong on her head. The slow pace might have caught us out but it didn't.

"She is pretty versatile and won over three furlongs further at Warwick, but it was a Listed race. She stepped up in class and she has coped with it. She's always had the ability."

Options

Cecil said: "She's got a lot of ability and I'm pleased everything went right today, she didn't stay in the Oaks last year.

"I told Tom not to disappoint her as she likes to use her stride, but she doesn't want to be in front too soon. He gave a lovely ride and she did it well.

"I don't really know where she'll go now."

However, Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, was able to shed some light on possible future plans.

He said: "Henry has always had huge faith in her and she has done really well.

"There are lots of options now such as the Matron Stakes (at Leopardstown) and the Sun Chariot (at Newmarket). Further on there are races like the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf."

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