Integral notched the first Group 1 victory of her career with a sharp two-length score over Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) winner Rizeena in the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket July 11.
The 4-year-old daughter of Dalakhani, who entered the race off a victory in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot, improved her record to five wins from eight starts for owner-breeder Cheveley Park Stud.
A small but quality field of seven fillies and mares went to the post in the Falmouth, with favoritism falling on Integral. Other well-regarded fillies in the line up were Clive Brittain's Rizeena, Godolphin's Group 1 winner, Certify, 2013 classic winner Sky Lantern, and Aidan O'Brien's Group 2 winner, Peace Burg.
At the start it was Sky Lantern that was sent to the front under Richard Hughes. She was tracked closely by Ryan Moore aboard Integral, with Rizeena settled in mid-pack under Olivier Peslier.
After the first half mile, Peslier gave Rizeena some rein and the filly quickly joined Sky Lantern on the lead, with Integral content to track them in third.
With three furlongs left, Sky Lantern began to fade along the rail as Rizeena took a slight lead. Integral soon pounced, and overhauled Rizeena to take command a furlong from the wire.
Integral continued to run on well to the wire, easily winning by two lengths. Rizeena held second by three-quarters of a length over Peace Burg, as Sky Lantern faded to finish fifth.
Final time for the eight furlongs was 1:41.96 over a course rated 'good to firm', despite taking plenty of rain.
Integral was bred in England by her owner, Cheveley Park Stud. She is the second foal out of Echelon, a champion and Group 1-winning daughter of Danehill.
Quotes from the winning connections
Sir Michael Stoute: “We didn't contemplate not running her on soft ground because we wanted to find out if she'd handle it. The fact that she's by Dalakhani was an encouragement, because most Dalakhani's handle this sort of ground.
“We'll have to go down the Group 1 route with her now and the great thing now is we know she goes on the top of the ground as well.
“It's a lovely race – it's a Group 1 – and we've now found out she does handle this ground. It was a concern, because she had never been on it before and she really goes well on top of the ground.
“She is in the Sussex Stakes (Group 1) at Goodwood, although I don't know if we will take on the colts, but she's well entered. We'll just see how she is and at least now we won't have any ground concerns because she'll handle any ground.”
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