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  • 14:40 Qipco Falmouth Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions Series) (Fillies' Group 1) £200,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £113,420 2nd £43,000 3rd £21,520 4th £10,720
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 41.96s
  • Off time: 14:41:05

Integral impresses in Falmouth

Last Updated: 11/07/14 4:33pm

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Ryan Moore and Integral prove too strong for Rizeena in the Falmouth Stakes.

Ryan Moore and Integral prove too strong for Rizeena in the Falmouth Stakes.

Integral broke her Group One duck with an emphatic victory in the rain-softened ground in Newmarket's QIPCO Falmouth Stakes.

A winner in Group Two company at Royal Ascot on her most recent appearance, the 15/8 favourite silenced any doubts about her ability to handle conditions.

Last year's 1000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern, behind Integral at the Royal meeting but expected to improve for that run, was sent into the lead early on by Richard Hughes and set only a moderate gallop for the first half of the mile contest.

Clive Brittain's Rizeena, another Ascot winner having claimed the Coronation Stakes last month, and Integral were never too far off the pace and moved up to dispute the lead as Sky Lantern disappointingly weakened out of shot.

It was soon evident Integral had far more to give than her younger opponent, however, and after switching to the stands' rail in the final furlong, she had plenty in the tank to hold her at bay by two lengths.

Peace Burg ran a creditable race in third for Aidan O'Brien, earning some all-important black type in the process, with Sky Lantern eventually coming home a well-beaten fifth.

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 added: "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."

Rizeena's trainer Clive Brittain could at least be pleased that his filly had run a good race having flopped twice previously on the Rowley Mile track at Newmarket. "Today we were beaten by a better horse, but that's life - she has run right up to what I expected," he said.

"She's a very good filly, she's lost nothing in defeat and she will probably go on to the Prix Rothschild at Deauville."

Rider Joseph O'Brien said of Peace Burg: "She ran a blinder. She is a lovely filly and very versatile."

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