Usherette was an impressive winner of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Jon Lees & Keith Melrose 8:00aM 8 JUL 2016
USHERETTE, rated so highly by trainer Andre Fabre that he believes she could be a match for Tepin, seeks to fill the one glaring omission on her record – a Group 1 success.
The Godolphin filly, who like the Breeders’ Cup Mile winner triumphed at Royal Ascot in spite of the soft ground, has good to firm conditions that should be more in her favour as she tackles the Tattersalls 250th Year Falmouth Stakes.
Usherette has won six of her seven starts, experiencing her sole defeat on the one occasion she has run at Group 1 level in the Prix Rothschild, in which she finished seventh.
This term she has won four races on the bounce, culminating in her comfortable victory in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes in which she gave 3lb to most of the field.
The last two winners of this race were also winners of the Duke of Cambridge, although Fabre has never won the Falmouth.
He said: “I am pleased with her. She hasn’t been tested much since Ascot but she has come out of the race in very good shape. She coped with the soft ground but I think she will have no problem with this better ground.
“The way she runs, her acceleration and the Shamardal pedigree, everything suggests that it will suit her.”
The going at Newmarket was changed to good to firm (from good to firm, good in places) on Friday morning after a dry morning at the course. Morning showers are possible but it should be a largely dry day.