Sir Michael Stoute’s filly Integral (2.40) heads a field of seven for this afternoon’s feature Falmouth Stakes the famous red and white silks of Cheveley Park Stud.
Her mother, Echelon, was successful on three of her five visits to Newmarket and despite Integral finishing second on both visits in last year’s G1 Sun Chariot and this year’s G3 Dahlia Stakes, she bounced back to win the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last month in the style of a very smart filly.
Sky Lantern looked desperately in need of the run that day and should improve for the run and although 4-y-o fillies have dominated recent renewals of the race, it doesn’t mean that those of the ‘classic generation’ should be discounted. Clive Brittain’s Rizeena is another that bounced back to form at Royal Ascot winning the Coronation Stakes and should be competitive, in receipt of 9lb from her elders.
Integral’s half-sister Provenance (1.40) is bred be far better than an 84-rated handicapper and can return to winning way in the opening fillies’ handicap over seven furlongs. The daughter of Galileo bolted up on debut at Kempton Park in a race that has thrown up plenty of winners in behind. She disappointed on her first start in handicap company due to pulling too hard throughout but the application of a first-time hood can help her settle, hopefully returning her to winning ways.
Royal Seal (3.15) can seal connections a treble in the sprint handicap. The Dansili filly appeared a different animal when romping to victory on Saturday at Sandown sporting a first-time hood and the selection looks well-treated running under a 6lb penalty.
Andre Fabre brings High Celebrity (2.10) over for the Cherry Hinton Stakes with the French raider taken to maintain her unbeaten record when dropping back in trip and tackling six furlongs for the first time.
The Invincible Spirit filly made a winning debut last month at Chantilly and looks the ideal type to progress further. The master trainer brought Miss France over as a 2-y-o prior her to success in the 1000 Guineas and a similar path will likely be on the agenda for High Celebrity, backed into 14/1 (from 20/1) with BetVictor for the first fillies’ classic of next season at Newmarket.
York’s two-day John Smiths Cup meeting kicks off with an excellent seven race card this afternoon and Lady Cecil’s Joyeuse (2.20) fancied to come good in the G3 Summer Stakes; reportedly in rude health at Warren Place.
The selection is a half-sister to the mighty Frankel and a winner on soft ground at Haydock in May and far from disgraced when finishing second in the Ballyogan Stakes last month at Leopardstown. Officially the best filly in the race on ratings, she will be suited to the likely relentless gallop set by the front-running quartet of Body and Soul, Artistic Jewel, Willbeme and German raider Emerald Star.
Cecil’s Mighty Yar (3.30) was pulled out of Saturday’s Old Newton cup at Haydock due to the ground but will be much better suited to the rattling quick ground on the Knavesmire. The Teofilo colt and gets the nod with red-hot jockey Graham Lee doing the steering.
There’s further action from Ascot where Martyn Meade’s Missed Call (4.15) taken land the spoils in the fillies handicap over a mile and a half. The selection was heavily backed for a similar contest last time out at Chester when badly hampered late on and with a clear run. She should be able to make amends, albeit from a 2lb higher mark.
Both Lady Pimpernel and last year’s winner Kikonga are entitled to progress from their first runs of the season however with 3-y-o fillies receiving 13lb from their elders John Gosden’s Rewaaya looks the biggest danger, making her handicap beau after winning a warm Leicester maiden by eight lengths last month.
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