Perfect All The Way
Simply Perfect registered a superb pillar to post victory in the feature contest of Classic FM Day, the Group One Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes under jockey Johnny Murtagh.
The three-year-old grey daughter of Danehill saw off challenges to record a length victory of the South African raider Irridescence with Arch Swing a neck back in third.
Trainer Jeremy Noseda said of the 6/1 winner: “She settled well today and huge credit must go to Johnny Murtagh. He wanted to make the running on her today as we knew she stayed a mile well - I let him do what he wanted to do. It was a beautiful ride as he eased the tempo halfway and then kicked on to see off all the others. They all had the chance to come round her.
“This filly is now a Group One winner at two (Fillies’ Mile at Ascot) and three. She is very tough, especially when you consider she has been on the go since before Royal Ascot last year. It was a really honest performance today.
“We will enjoy today. She is entered in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood (August 4) and 10 furlongs could well be her ideal trip.
“When we ran her in the Oaks, we hoped she’d get the trip. She is so tough, we had nothing to lose. With a better run, I think she may have been fifth.”
Johnny Murtagh added: “After going two furlongs today she was
“Three out, I knew they would all have to catch me and I gave
her a breather.
“In the Oaks, she was a bit keen and got knocked back more than
“This is a really tough filly and is now a Group One winner at two and three. Since I rode her to finish third in the 1000 Guineas, she has improved both mentally and physically.”
MURTAGH GOES TO THE FRONT
Simply Perfect made every yard of the running to take the Group One
UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes under a canny ride from Johnny Murtagh.
The winning jockey said: "I didn't think there was going to be much pace in the race with Speciosa coming out, and I thought she might get it easy in front.
“Jeremy was a little afraid she might be a bit keen, but I said
no, she's never been from the front before and she'll be looking round
"She was all go and when I got to the three-marker I knew, she wasn't going to get beat today!"
Jeremy Noseda was full of praise for his jockey after Simply Perfect's
The successful handler said: "Great, great credit to Johnny - he
said that he wanted to make it and thought she would settle well in front.
It was a brilliant ride. He had the plan and I said, if you really believe
that, then I'm with you.
"This filly is very tough. This is her day. He's ridden a great race, but they all had their chance to come and beat her and she fought them all off.
“She deserves a great amount of credit and is a Group One winner at two and three. A big thank you to Johnny Murtagh for his part in today's victory."
DE KOCK PONDERS NEXT MOVE WITH IRRIDESCENCE
Mike De Kock was pleased with Irridescence after she bounced back to
take second place in the UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes.
The six-year-old mare disappointed in the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al
Sheba on her last start and De Kock said before today’s Group 1
that he’d be happy if his charge could make the first four.
The South African trainer assessed: “I’m delighted. The
winner got a soft lead and, while we started to get back at her at the
end, it was too late. But it was a great ride on the winner from Johnny
“Irridescence is owned by Team Valor and they are American-based - they’ve set their hearts on the Beverley D. But then again we’ve got Glorious Goodwood to think about. So we will see and finalise plans in the next few days.”
John Oxx, trainer of the third-placed Arch Swing, said: “She has
run very well - there was just not enough pace. .
“The winner slowed it down a bit in front and she (Arch Swing) found herself with four lengths to make up.
“She got back to a length and a neck but she could have done with
a stronger pace and a little less to do.
“She hasn’t been a lucky filly - there is always some little
excuse. But she has run very well. She is a very consistent filly and
doesn’t let us down.
“Next she will probably go to the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.”
John Gosden, trainer of fourth-placed Nannina - the 5-2 favourite - said: “She has run here three times and never performed on the track. She will go straight to the Nassau at Goodwood (on August 4) where she ran a blinder last year after slightly disappointing here.”
UAE HYDRA PROPERTIES FALMOUTH STAKES (GROUP ONE)
1 SIMPLY PERFECT (Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue
Magnier) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-10 Johnny Murtagh  6/1
Winning trainer:- Name: Noseda, Jeremy James Date of birth: 17/9/63 Trains at Shalfleet, Bury Road, Newmarket Other details: Served as assistant trainer with John Dunlop (6 years), John Gosden (5 years) and Godolphin (2 years). Trained for a while in America before returning to Britain. Horses in training (1998-2007): 48: 78: 66: 70: 71: 67: 81: 91: 114; 117 Wins in a season (1997-2006): 0,18,39,40,37,43,37,34, 47; 46 Wins in 2007: 26 British Classic Wins: (1) Ladbrokes St Leger (2006 Sixties Icon) Major wins: Irish 2000 Guineas (2006 Araafa); Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand - Noseda’s first Group race win in Britain - 2006 Sander Camillo); Cheveley Park Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand, 2003 Carry On Katie) Nell Gwyn (2001 Lil’s Jessy), Princess Margaret Stakes (2001 Leggy Lou), Lupe Stakes (2002 Mellow Park), Lancashire Oaks (2002 Mellow Park), Musidora Stakes (2003 Cassis), Challenge Stakes (2003 Just James), Gimcrack Stakes (2003 Balmont), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2006 Simply Perfect), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Balmont), Musidora Stakes (2000 Kalypso Katie), Sussex Stakes (2005 Proclamation), Jockey Club Stakes (2007 Sixties Icon), UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (2007 Simply Perfect) Royal Ascot Wins (7): Jersey Stakes (2002 Just James, 2005 Proclamation), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2006 Sander Camillo), St James’s Palace Stakes (2006 Araafa), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2007 Soldier’s Tale)
Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Based: Moattown, Kildalkey, Co Meath and Newmarket Born: May 14, 1970 First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (4): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar) Big Race Wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel); Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Darley July Cup (2004 Frizzante), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (2004 & 2005 Soviet Song, 2007 Simply Perfect), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2003 Alamshar), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1998 Edabiya), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix de l’Opera (1995 Timarida, 2000 Petrushka), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2007 Notnowcato), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change, 2000 Petrushka); Diadem Stakes (1998 Bianconi, 2001 Nice One Clare, 2005 Baron’s Pit) Other details: Champion Irish apprentice in 1989, champion jockey in Ireland 1995 and 1998, has also been champion in Dubai Wins in Britain 1999-2006: 9; 17; 10; 15; 12; 77; 48; 0 Wins in Britain 2007: 5 Royal Ascot wins: (22) Coronation Stakes (June 21, 1995, Ridgewood Pearl); Gold Cup (June 17, 1999, Enzeli, June 21, 2001 Royal Rebel, June 20, 2002, Royal Rebel), St James’s Palace Stakes (June 19, 2001, Black Minnaloushe), Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (June 20, 2000, Katiykha), Ascot Handicap Stakes (June 21, 2000, Barba Papa), Golden Jubilee (June 22, 2000, Superior Premium, 2003 Choisir, 2007 Soldier’s Tale), King George V Handicap (June 21, 2001, Beekeeper), Ribblesdale Stakes (June 21, 2001, Sahara Slew), Wokingham Handicap (June 22, 2001 Nice One Clare), Queen Anne Stakes (June 18, 2002 No Excuse Needed), King Edward VII Stakes (June 21, 2002, Balakheri), Windsor Castle Stakes (June 21, 2002, Revenue), King’s Stand Stakes (June 17, 2003, Choisir), Hampton Court Stakes (June 19, 2003, Persian Majesty), Jersey Stakes (June 15, 2005, Proclamation), Queen Alexandra Stakes (June 18, 2005, Cruzspiel), Queen Mary Stakes (2007 Elletelle), Britannia Handicap (2007 Eddie Jock) Leading Rider at Royal Ascot: 2001 (5 wins); 2002 (4 wins)
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