Attraction Handed First Defeat in Falmouth Stakes

Duke of Roxburghe's 3-year-old Attraction, who had gained star status as she rolled to victories in her first eight career starts, was handed her first career loss Tuesday when 4-year-old Soviet Song posted a 2 1/2-length triumph in the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) at England's Newmarket racecourse.

Ridden by Kevin Darley as the 4-5 favorite, Attraction set the pace while Soviet Song was near the back of the seven-horse field in the mile race contested over a course rated "good." With a quarter mile remaining, Attraction held a two-length advantage but was overtaken by Soviet Song with one furlong remaining and the winner drew off for the final margin. The time was 1:36.11.

The 11-4 second choice, Soviet Song was ridden by Johnny Murtagh for trainer James Fanshawe.

Trainer Mark Johnston said his first reaction to the outcome was that there were "no excuses" for Attraction's first loss.

Previous to Tuesday's upset, Soviet Song, a daughter of Marju, won the Ridgewood Pearl Stakes (Ire-II) at The Curragh by six lengths.