Integral looked every inch a Group One filly in waiting when successful at Royal Ascot last month and can confirm her status in the top bracket by clinching the Qipco Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
The daughter of Dalakhani clinched Listed and Group Three prizes as a three-year-old and rounded off the year by pushing the far more accomplished Sky Lantern close in the Sun Chariot.
Following a narrow reverse on her return to action in the Dahlia Stakes, Integral was strongly fancied for Ascot’s Duke of Cambridge Stakes and got the job done in a record time during a fantastic week for the yard.
The reopposing Sky Lantern rates a danger, having blown the cobwebs when fifth at Ascot, but Integral is a filly in the ascendency and is fancied to confirm her superiority.
The other major threat is Clive Brittain’s Coronation Stakes heroine Rizeena, but in four previous visits to Headquarters, she has failed to win, which has to be a major concern for a filly of such quality.
The Stoute string have continued in scintillating form since the Royal meeting and Integral should prove an extremely tough nut to crack.
French raider High Celebrity gets the nod in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.
The six-furlong contest cut up significantly at the declaration stage following the withdrawal of Royal Ascot heroine Cursory Glance and Queen Mary placed horses Tiggy Wiggy and Newsletter, leaving the door open for a new star filly to emerge.
High Celebrity bolted up on her Chantilly debut and while the form is difficult to quantify, her sheer presence in this Group Two is of significant interest.
In the past five seasons trainer Andrew Fabre has saddled just seven runners at Newmarket, on the Rowley Mile and July Course combined, with four of those heading back across the Channel victorious.
* Selections -
ASCOT: 2.30 Fingal’s Cave, 3.05 Kingsbridge, 3.40 Min Alemarat, 4.15 Kallisha, 4.50 Highland Acclaim, 5.20 Sea Defence, 5.50 Luhaif.
CHEPSTOW: 6.00 Now What, 6.30 Fuwairt, 7.05 Volcanic Dust, 7.35 Real Jazz, 8.10 Zed Candy Girl, 8.40 Sarangoo, 9.10 By Rights.
CHESTER: 6.15 Checkpoint, 6.45 Arabian Bride, 7.15 Piazon, 7.45 Rosie’s Premiere, 8.20 English Summer, 8.50 Celtic Sixpence, 9.20 Bureau.
CORK: 5.55 Polish Partisan, 6.25 Darwins Fox, 6.55 She Be Fine, 7.25 Grand Partner, 7.55 Carpet Elegance, 8.30 Little Haarth, 9.00 Macbride.
NAVAN: 5.40 Relentless Pursuit, 6.10 The Big Cat, 6.40 Fairy Flute, 7.10 Suburban Sky, 7.40 Hi Empress, 8.15 Dynamite Dixie, 8.45 Hidden Universe.
NEWMARKET: 1.40 Etaab, 2.10 High Celebrity, 2.40 INTEGRAL (NAP), 3.15 Royal Seal, 3.50 Good Contact, 4.25 Razor Wind, 5.00 Potentate.
YORK: 1.50 Eye Glass, 2.20 Joyeuse, 2.55 Pres Rapide, 3.30 Pearl Castle, 4.05 Top Boy, 4.40 Barren Brook, 5.10 Shot In The Sun.
DOUBLE: High Celebrity and Integral.