Integral can fly home in Falmouth Stakes
Integral scored in terrific style at Royal Ascot and hold outstanding claims of following-up in today’s Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket (2.40).
The Sir Michael Stoute trained filly looked in need of the run when going down by just a head to Esoterique in the Group 3 Dahlia Stakes on sesonal reappearance, and showed the benefit of that outing when running out the easy winner of the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at the Royal meeting.
The four-year-old was always travelling well on the heels of the leaders in the Group 2 contest, and after making smooth headway two from home showed a good turn of foot to shoot clear approaching the final furlong and beat L’amour De Ma Vie with far more in hand than the winning margin of two lengths suggests.
It was an effort which suggested that there was even better to come from the ultra-progressive daughter of Dalakhani who has now won four of her seven starts.
All of those wins have come over today’s trip of a mile, and Integral is going to take the world of beating in the hands of Ryan Moore for a stable that has been in terrific form this season.
The main danger is likely to be Sky Lantern, who finished a controversial neck runner-up to Elsuive Kate in this race 12 months ago, when many believed she should have been awarded the contest in the stewards’ room.
The Richard Hannon trained filly beat Integral by a length when they met in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes last October, but then disappointed when last in the Hong Kong Mile on her final start of 2013.
The daughter of Red Clubs is far better than that, and shaped well on seasonal reappearance when fifth of 14 to Integral in the Duke Of Cambridge.
Sky Lantern plugged on to be beaten 5 1/2 lengths, and is sure to strip much fitter this afternoon.
However, I am not convinced that she is open to as much progression as Integral and expect the selection to confirm the form despite being 5lb worse off at the weights.
The other obvious contender is the Clive Brittain trained Rizeena.
The daughter of Iffraaj was kept very busy as a juvenile, running eight times and winning on four occasions.
Those wins included a two length success in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot over 5f and a battling 3/4 length victory over Tapestry in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
Rizeena was made favourite for the 1,000 Guineas on the back of those efforts, but could only finish seventh of 17 to Miss France.
However, that was the three-year-old’s first run for 219 days and Rizeena came right back to her best when winning the Grouop 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out.
That run entitles Rizeena to the utmost respect, especially in receipt of a handy 9lb weight-for-age allowance from the likes of Integral and Sky Lantern.