Royal Ascot third Wilamina to swerve Falmouth Stakes

Tuesday, Jul 10 2018

Wilamina will skip the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket this week with Martyn Meade hoping to find an easier option.

While Meade admits the filly probably ran the best race of her life last time out at Royal Ascot when third in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes to Aljazzi, the prospect of taking on blistering Coronation Stakes winner Alpha Centauri does not appeal.

“I think it was a career-best at Ascot, but that’s about where we are with her, we are going to have to farm around and look for an easier Group One,” said Meade.

“She is in the Falmouth, but I won’t run her there, she’d have almost no chance in that.

“There might be something in France later on, she does go on softish ground so I’m working on the basis that I’ll wait until all the others are spent and we might find an easier one.”

He added: “I think a mile is her optimum. She might get a bit further but at this stage I’m happy to leave her at a mile.”

As expected, Qipco 1000 Guineas heroine Billesdon Brook is another who will miss the Falmouth and will instead step up to 10 furlongs in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

The Richard Hannon-trained filly was last seen finishing fourth to Alpha Centauri in the Coronation.

Hannon said in his Unibet blog: “I think it’s highly unlikely that Billesdon Brook will run in the Falmouth on Friday, so instead we’ll probably aim her towards the Nassau Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival and then map out a plan for the rest of the season.”



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