Music Show Hits the Winning Note

Music Show won Falmouth Stakes

Music Show won Falmouth Stakes

Following a series of steady efforts, Music Show finally achieved just rewards with a superb win in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

So far this season, the Mick Channon filly has not had a lot of good fortune in the Coronation Stakes, or the English and Irish 1000 Guineas.

Kieren Fallon on Spacious ensured it was a real test of endurance, when he went to the lead at halfway from Strawberrydaiquiri.

Spacious had every other part of the race wrapped up but had no response to Music Show’s efforts and she went on to prevail by two lengths with Mark Johnston's Rainfall coming in third place.

Finishing out of the action, favourite Lillie Langtry and dual Guineas champ Special Duty were extremely disappointing.

Hughes said, “They went nice and fast today and she did it very well.

"Mick kept telling me she'd had no luck in running and I'd been watching her, she was forced wide at Ascot because of her draw but she was very good today."

Channon added: "After Ascot I was in bits because she had no run at all but she's a class filly. She's just been unfortunate in lots of races but she's put it right today in what is probably the best fillies' race of the year - she put it right in style.

"In Ireland she was in daylight the whole way but today everything went great, he could sit in behind and take his time. We wanted to give her a chance and she's done it really well."

A battle with nine-time Group One winner Goldikova is now being looked at by Channon or another journey to Ireland.

He added: "We will have a look at the Matron Stakes (Leopardstown, September 4) and also have a think about the Prix Rothschild in Deauville (August 1) where we can have a go at Goldikova. She's the top dog and that's what it's all about, having a go at those sort of horses.

"She's in the Nassau and everybody keeps saying she wants a mile and a quarter but I'd be happy to leave that until next year."

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