Integral impressive in Falmouth win
Integral broke her Group 1 duct to take the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in impressive style under yet another top class ride from Ryan Moore. Beaten just a length by today’s rival Sky Lantern in the Sun Chariot Stakes at this track last year, the 4yo has returned in sparkling form this season, again going close in a Group 3 at this track on her comeback, before taking the Duke Of Cambridge at Royal Ascot on her previous start.
There was a worry before hand that the 15/8 favourite may not handle the rain softened ground that had forced an abundance of non runners earlier in the day. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge put any of those doubts to bed with an emphatic victory, joining leader Sky Lantern after the 2 pole before kicking away to see off fellow Royal Ascot winner Rizeena by 2 lengths with 25/1 shot Peace Burg a further 3/4 lengths back in third.
Moore said: “It was always going to be messy sort of race. I thought I was on the best horse and I wanted to keep it simple.
“I was in front earlier than I wanted to be, but she’s improving and hopefully will continue to get better. I see no reason why she shouldn’t.
“She’s a very lightly-raced filly, she won on Oaks day last year (at Goodwood) and has progressed nicely since.”
Stoute said: “She’s done it well. She hasn’t been on this sort of ground before and bounces off top of the ground, so we were a bit concerned as we didn’t know if she would handle it.
“We didn’t contemplate not running her as we wanted to find out if she would. She’s by Dalakhani and very few of those don’t go on this sort of ground.
“She’s in the Sussex Stakes, I don’t know if we will take on the colts but there are all the Group Ones and she is well entered up.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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