Usherette will pose a strong threat in next month’s Falmouth Stakes
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By Alex Wiltshire 7:30PM 21 JUN 2016
USHERETTE, who cruised to victory in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last week, is in line for a second shot at Group 1 glory in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket next month.
The Godolphin-owned filly has six wins from seven career starts, including a previous success at Newmarket when she powered to victory over Arabian Queen in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes in May and is a 4-5 chance to strike again.
Her only failure came when finishing seventh of eight behind Amazing Maria in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville last August but trainer Andre Fabre is confident faster ground can bring out further improvement in the four-year-old.
“Usherette is an intended runner in the Falmouth Stakes and has come out of her Ascot win in good shape,” he said.
“I am convinced that when she encounters fast ground she will be even better than she showed last week.”
Fabre added that Usherette is a more mature animal these days and should be better equipped to handle the demands of racing at the highest level.
“I was quite confident on her solitary previous try in Group 1 company, in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville last August, but she tied up that day,” he said. “She is much more mature now.”
Usherette on Wednesday featured among 43 entries for the July 8 race, with the brilliant Minding, due to line up in Sunday’s Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, among five potential runners for Aidan O’Brien.
Other Classic winners in contention for a start at Newmarket are the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Jet Setting, last year’s Poule d’Essai des Pouliches scorer Ervedya and the German 1,000 Guineas heroine Hawksmoor.
Last year’s winner Amazing Maria is also set to defend her title after running sixth on her seasonal reappearance in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, while the Coronation Stakes winner Qemah is another in contention.