Soviet Song Successfully Defends Falmouth Title

Elite Racing Club's Soviet Song rebounded from a third-place finish last out to successfully defend her title in Tuesday's UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) at England's Newmarket Racecourse.

Trained by James Fanshawe, Soviet Song was sent off the 7-4 favorite under Johnny Murtagh. The early pace was set by Peeress, who was overtaken by Alexander Goldrun with over a furlong remaining in the mile race for fillies and mares. Soviet Song then kicked it in and made up ground in late stages to win by 2 1/2 lengths, getting the mile in 1:38.99 over a turf course rated good. Alexander Goldrun retained second, followed by Peeress.

"That really was very good," Fanshawe said of Soviet Song's effort.

A 5-year-old mare by Marju out of the Soviet Star mare Kalinka, Soviet Song has won seven of 16 career starts, including four group I races. In her first outing of 2005, the mare finished third in the Windsor Forest Stakes (Eng-II) June 15.

Fanshawe said Soviet Song would likely face males in the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) July 27, with the season goal being the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park.