Integral brilliant under Moore in Duke of Cambridge
Integral showed the benefit of her recent reappearance as she easily reversed form with Esoterqiue to impressively win the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the market spoke positively in favour of Integral on this occasion with the filly sent off the 9/4 market leader. Under Ryan Moore, she was settled nicely in midfield and always travelled well under a confident looking Moore.
When asked for an effort she picked up in style and showed a potent turn of foot to pass L’Amour De Ma Vie and win by two lengths in a course record time.
The four-year-old filly began the season with a head second in a Group Three at Newmarket and finished within a length of Sky Lantern off level weights in the Group One Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket at the backend of last season.
Purr Along for trainer Johnny Murtagh finished a further two lengths back in third, while Sky Lantern ran a satisfactory race on her seasonal debut.
Moore said: “She’s a very talented filly. She came in very late and all she’s done is improve with every start. She’s got a lot more professional. She won well and I kind of hoped she’d do that really.
“It went very smoothly. She took me there a bit earlier than I’d have wanted, but I was running out of horses to follow at that stage.
“It’s not firm ground. You get track records when it’s a good surface. It’s on the faster side of good, there’s a good covering of grass and it’s in good condition.”
The winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute added: “She’s a good filly and progressing. I’m really delighted. It was a good run in the Dahlia Stakes and we knew we’d come on from that. She’s got a great engine and great speed. She could be effective at less than a mile, that’s for sure.
“There’s the Falmouth Stakes (at Newmarket) and the Matron (at Leopardstown), so she’s got a programme, but we could always duck into a seven-furlong race.”
Chris Richardson, managing director for winning owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “She’s got some turn of foot considering there’s not a lot of her. She sparkled in her work last week, so we were quite hopeful.
“This is the fourth time we’ve won this race, so it’s very exciting. I suppose now the Falmouth would be an obvious consideration.”
By Joseph Smyth / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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