Via Sistina’s Participation in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes Hangs on Track Conditions
Trainer George Boughey is closely monitoring the track conditions before making a decision on whether Via Sistina will compete in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday. The five-year-old mare recently claimed her first Group One victory over 10 furlongs in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh.
Boughey emphasized the importance of ground conditions, stating that Via Sistina requires sufficient ease in the ground to showcase her best performance. Although the plan has always been to target the Falmouth Stakes, her success is more likely on a straight track with softer ground.
While the team will continue working as if she is running, Boughey stressed that rain is crucial for Via Sistina’s participation. If the track conditions resemble those in Ireland during her last race, she is expected to take her chance in the Falmouth Stakes. However, if the ground is faster, the decision will lean towards not running her to prioritize the horse’s best interests.
Via Sistina’s connections are mindful of identifying suitable opportunities with softer ground in the future, ensuring they make decisions that align with the horse’s welfare and competitive prospects.