On Friday, French challenger Giofra (10-1) claimed the Group 1 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre and jockey Christophe Soumillon. The four-year-old filly took in £90,736 in first prize in a thrilling one mile horse race despite soft conditions at Newmarket.
Heading into the Group 1 meeting, the Andre Fabre-trained Golden Lilac was tagged by betting tipsters as the favourite among a field of 10 runners, having come off a victory at Longchamp. Golden Lilac, rated 122 by Timeform, placed a disappointing ninth.
Trainer John Gosden was looking to continue his hot streak with Elusive Kate, mounted by jockey Frankie Dettori. The three-year-old filly led the pack after about two furlongs out but needed to hold off the spirited Giofra. The latter would press for the lead with about one furlong left and barely emerged by half a length.
Gosden’s team took in £34,400 in second prize. French runner Siyouma was third and took £17,216.
Giofra’s jockey Christophe Soumillon said afterwards: “The pace wasn't that quick, I wouldn't say I wasn't happy but a quicker pace would have been better as she was a bit keen. When I asked her to go at the two-furlong marker she was going very well and I knew I just had Frankie [Dettori] to beat.”