Integral shines in Sun Chariot
Integral benefited from a clever front running ride from Ryan Moore to take the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. The Sir Michael Stoute trained 4yo, winner of the Falmouth Stakes earlier in the season, had arrived here off the back of a 3rd placed finish in the Prix Rothschild last time, but made light work of her six rivals here under the canny Moore.
With no out and out front runner in the field, Moore was happy enough to let Integral roll along in front and she seemed to enjoy herself as she led along the three French raiders Miss France, Fintry and Esoterique. Moore went for home at the to pole and the pair soon went clear, staying on to take victory by a length. Miss France finished second, with Fintry back in third.
“She sat handy when she won the Falmouth and we didn’t have a lot of options really,” Moore said afterwards.
“Holding her up would have been tricky, but you never know in those sort of races. It worked out well.
“She’s a very good filly. She won at Royal Ascot, she was impressive in the Falmouth, she was all wrong at Deauville.
“We’ve always thought very highly of her. She’s a good filly.”
Trainer Stoute added: “She did a nice piece of work about 10 days ago with Ryan and we were very happy with that.
“We had a chat this morning and Ryan said he didn’t want to take her back. She made it in the Falmouth so she’s very versatile.
“You can ride her any way, but I love her with a lead. She’s got a great kick. She’s a class act and she was in good shape today.
“She’s going to stay in training. Her dam Echelon was even better at five. I wouldn’t mind if she improved a few more pounds.
“The QEII would be the only other consideration. We’ll have to see how she comes out of this. We might take our chance.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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