Amazing Maria (Mastercraftsman) proved her Royal Ascot victory last month was no fluke with a determined triumph in the Gr.1 Qipco Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket yesterday.
The David O'Meara-trained four-year-old was a shock 25-1 winner of the Gr.2 Royal Ascot Duke of Cambridge Stakes last month, a success which prompted owner Robert Ogden to supplement her for this Group One event on Newmarket’s July Course.
Arabian Queen soon adopted a front-running role, with Euro Charline close up, and Amazing Maria was the first of those from back in the pack to throw down a challenge.
The 17-2 chance was under pressure over a furlong from the finish but again displayed an excellent turn of foot, sticking to her task admirably to pass the post a length to the good.
Runners were spread across the track in behind, with Euro Charline just holding on to the runner-up spot from the French-trained trio of Fintry, Avenir Certain and Bawina.
Lucida, the 2-1 favourite, was not far behind.
Winning jockey James Doyle said: "A lot of people thought it might have been a fluke at Ascot, but I could only say what I felt on the day and I felt she was a class filly.
"I knew if I got first jump on them, she's honest and would hit the line well"
"I didn't want today to get away from that, so I rode her with plenty of confidence and I knew at halfway it was a game of cat and mouse as we were going real steady.
"I knew if I got first jump on them, she's honest and would hit the line well. She goes on this ground, which is a big plus, as it's quick out there."