Indie Angel added to Falmouth Stakes field

Indie Angel has been supplemented for the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

The four-year-old, trained by John and Thady Gosden, is one of seven older horses in a list of 17 fillies and mares left in the one-mile Group One at the confirmation stage.

Indie Angel has been given her chance at the top level after winning the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The five horses immediately behind her that day – Lady Bowthorpe, Queen Power, Champers Elysees, Lavender’s Blue and Fooraat – are also in contention.

The three-year-old brigade is led by the Andrew Balding-trained Alcohol Free, winner of the Coronation Stakes at the Royal meeting.

The second and third in that race, Snow Lantern and Mother Earth, could well reoppose. The latter, winner of the 1000 Guineas, is one of two from Aidan O’Brien’s stable along with Irish 1000 Guineas and French Oaks heroine Empress Josephine.

Other three-year-old fillies in the mix include No Speak Alexander, Primo Bacio and Saffron Beach.

Sandrine was also a winner at the Royal fixture, in the Albany Stakes, and features in 11 possibles for the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

The Ralph Beckett-trained Hello You was a length and a half behind Andrew Balding’s filly and is set reoppose.

Indie Angel heaven sent for Dettori in Duke of Cambridge

Frankie Dettori posted a landmark 75th Royal Ascot winner as John and Thady Gosden’s Indie Angel sprang a surprise in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes .

Dettori, striking for the second time for the Gosdens at this year’s meeting, bided his time on the 22-1 winner as Parent’s Prayer set out to make all and then Lady Bowthorpe made her bid for Group Two glory.

The Italian manoeuvred into position to challenge on the stands side, took over from eventual runner-up Lady Bowthorpe and had two and a half lengths to spare at the line – with favourite Queen Power staying on to take third, just another short head away.

Indie Angel, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, was overturning last month’s Newmarket form – having finished only fourth in the Dahlia Stakes behind both Lady Bowthorpe and Queen Power, over a furlong further than this.

“Everything fell right today,” Dettori said.

“She likes faster ground, cover, and she likes plenty of room – she got all three of those things.

“Well done to the Gosden team, the Clarehaven team.”

Gosden said: “In fairness she won very well last backend, it went a little wrong and I probably ran her before she had come to herself in the spring and she had a little complication in her last race. But we knew she could be competitive with the top fillies – (but) to say that she’d win by two and a half lengths? No, that would have been wishful thinking.

“She relaxed beautifully and she’s bloomed. She looked a different filly today than when we last ran her back in May.

“You’ve got to be looking forwards. She’s now won a Group Two so maybe you start trying to climb even higher up the ladder. We won it last year (with Nazeef) and there are nice races like the Sun Chariot and the nice fillies’ race (Falmouth) at the July meeting for her, so those are possibilities.

“Right now, we’re savouring this moment.”

Frankie Dettori celebrates
Frankie Dettori celebrates (Steven Paston/PA)

Of Lady Bowthorpe, trainer William Jarvis said: “All credit to the winner who was very impressive, but I feel easier ground would have suited us better.

“When a filly is running as well as she is my inclination is not to give her a break. She’s in the Falmouth, but ideally I would love her to try at a mile and a quarter on decent ground in the Nassau (at Goodwood), with the Sun Chariot a possibility longer term.”

Sir Michael Stoute added of Queen Power: “She’s a model of consistency, that’s for sure, and I guess the trip was a little short of her best.”