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Newmarket - Horse Racing: July Festival day two review

Hitherto unbeaten filly Inspiral was floored by old rival Prosperous Voyage in a huge upset in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Charlie Appleby and William Buick will hope they have uncovered a possible contender for the final British Classic of the season at Doncaster after New London's impressive score at Headquarters.

Here's our review of the day two action from Newmarket's July Festival.

What: Newmarket July meeting
Where:Newmarket, Suffolk
When:Thursday 7th July to Saturday 9th July, 2022
How to watch:ITV1, Racing TV and bet365's Sports Live Streaming platform

Voyage reaches Group 1 destination

Prosperous Voyage had thrice before clashed with Inspiral and come off worst leading into the Falmouth.

As juveniles, Ralph Beckett's filly was second-best in the May Hill at Doncaster and the bet365 Fillies' Mile at this track.

While Prosperous Voyage, 20/1 for the Sussex Stakes, was an excellent second in the 1000 Guineas here in May, a nine-length deficit as the Cheveley Park-owned filly spread-eagled the field in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot suggested she had it all to do against the 1/7 market leader.

John and Thady Gosden's Inspiral raced close to pace-setting Prosperous Voyage but wasn't getting by as easily as Frankie Dettori might have hoped when push came to shove.

Sandrine also came with a challenge and, while Inspiral was briefly in front at the two-furlong pole, it was Prosperous Voyage that finished off best off, scoring by a length-and-three-quarters in decisive fashion.

Hornby, who was recently replaced by Colin Keane on Irish Derby winner Westover, admitted that racing is a game of ups and downs.

"I'm just delighted really for her, for her owners and especially for the whole team," Hornby said. "They work so hard and always had so much faith in her. She wasn't quite herself at Ascot and for her to bounce back like that - I'm just so pleased for her.

"It's a rollercoaster of a game and to just get the opportunity to be riding these kind of horses at the highest level is just a huge privilege and an honour."

John Gosden felt a three-week break between Royal Ascot and this race might have been a contributing factor in Inspiral getting turned over.

"She hadn't run all year before Ascot and she's run a little flat here but that can happen when you go from Royal Ascot to the July meeting, particularly when she hadn't run before Ascot since the previous October," said the Clarehaven trainer afterwards.

"Having run only the once this season it made sense to come here. The ground was probably quick enough for her but we'll freshen her up and go again. She seems happy enough afterwards."

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London advertises Leger claims

Charlie Appleby tends to have his fair share of winners at the Newmarket July Festival and New London got him on the scoresheet with a dominant display in the bet365 Handicap over a mile-and-a-quarter.

Second behind Aidan O'Brien's Changingoftheguard in the Chester Vase in May, New London was a well-backed favourite for this assignment and he powered away to win by three-lengths under William Buick, with Swilcan Bridge second for Andrew Balding and Hayley Turner.

New London finds himself at 10/1 in the betting for the St Leger at Doncaster on 10th September and his trainer suggested a further fact-finding mission at York next month is probable.

"He needs a sound surface, we were thinking soft didn't suit at Chester," said Appleby. "William mooted the Leger, it was only mooted but I'm sure that will now be the headline!

"More importantly we'll look towards the Great Voltigeur and that will tell us if he's a St Leger horse."

Mawj survives scare in Duchess win

Jockey Ray Dawson had to overcome a trip to the stewards' room after Mawj landed the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, half a length clear of Lezoo and Dettori – who it would turn out was in for another trying afternoon.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Mawj made all but Dettori and his unbeaten partner Lezoo came to challenge a furlong out. They were carried left by the leader but, ultimately, didn't really look like getting past and while the stewards' interviewed both riders afterwards, the result was not altered.

Maylandsea, second behind Dramatised in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, was the disappointment of the race, running too freely in the early stages and fading to be last of six.

Dawson told the stewards': "I don't know if it is the crowd or what it is but she's slowly started to come over and she's touched Frankie.

"Looking at the replay, I probably could have been a little bit quicker to react to it, maybe. But he won going away on the line."

Mawj is now a 14/1 chance to win the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket next season, with Lezoo at 25/1 for the 7th May contest.

Soapy wins bet365 Trophy

Soapy Stevens got up in the shadow of the winning post to grab the bet365 Trophy for the Charlie and Mark Johnston team in the hands of Franny Norton.

A thrilling finish saw Soapy Stevens engaging in a three-way battle alongside Red Flyer and Zoffee, with the former agonisingly denied under Hayley Turner at odds of 100/1.

Nizaaka, winner three weeks ago over course and distance, continued her good form for trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam when following up in the Arioneo Handicap, just denying Bullace for Beckett and Hornby on the back of their Falmouth stunner.

The finale, meanwhile, went to another last-time-out winner in Celsius for Tom Clover and Jack Mitchell, as he followed up his Ascot win in April by repelling market leaders Ancient Times and Tee Spirit.

That left Hayley Turner with her third silver medal of the afternoon on a day that will be remembered for Inspiral's shock Falmouth reverse.

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