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Bet Victor Racing Column
7:31am Friday 11th July 2014 in Sport
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 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.
Royal Seal (3.15) can seal connections a treble in the sprint handicap.
The Dansili filly appeared a different animal when romping to victory 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.
York’s two-day John Smith’s 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 relentless gallop set by the front-running quartet of Body and Soul, Artistic Jewel, Willbeme and German raider Emerald Star.